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Doctor stripped of licence for fabricating immigrants' medical tests

Star Phoenix logo Star Phoenix 2021-02-08 Zak Vescera
Dr. Tshala Tshiyombo faced a slew of charges including allegations she gave clean bills of health to people she never tested. © Provided by Star Phoenix Dr. Tshala Tshiyombo faced a slew of charges including allegations she gave clean bills of health to people she never tested.
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A Saskatoon doctor has been stripped of her licence after regulators found her guilty of falsifying immigrants’ medical records, along with a list of other charges.

Dr. Tshala Tshiyombo was accused of verbally abusing staff, of refusing to cooperate with an earlier investigation into her conduct and of forging a letter to a Saskatchewan labour board that accused a former employee of stealing.

Tshiyombo was not present for or represented at the hearing. She closed her practice and is no longer a registered doctor in Saskatchewan.

A former employee, referred to only as “Ms. C,” told investigators that Tshiyombo had largely set up her practice on running medical assessments for immigrants who require one to be allowed to work, live and study in the country. Another employee, Ms. S, said the number of immigration patients ranged from 10 to 24 or 25 a day.

According to documents filed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, Ms. C said Tshiyombo instructed her to mark untested urine samples as “clear” or “negative.” She also alleged that Tshiyombo was supposed to administer vision tests but did not do so and instructed Ms. C to record them as normal, saying “they drove here so it must be good.”

Tshiyombo was also found guilty on multiple counts related to her treatment of staff and patients, whom she was accused of berating or verbally abusing.

Ms. C filed a complaint to the Human Rights Commission about Tshiyombo’s behaviour and was subsequently fired without cause, according to CPSS documents. Ms. C then filed a complaint with the provincial department of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

In response, Tshiyombo sent a letter under the name of Ms. S, claiming that Ms. C had taken office funds for personal reasons.

Ms. S later told the employment standards division that she did not type that letter, noting that her first name was misspelled and the signature was not her own. The CPSS concluded that Tshiyombo, the only other employee at the practice, had altered or forged part of the letter.

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