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This matter came before a panel of the Discipline Committee of the College of Optometrists of Ontario June 15, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario, at 10:00 am at 65 St. Clair Ave. E.
1. The Discipline Panel found that the facts set out in the Agreed Statement of Facts were sufficient to support the findings of professional misconduct to which Dr. Ng pleaded guilty and accordingly found him guilty of professional misconduct under the following paragraphs of subsection 1(1) of the version of Ontario Regulation 859/93 made under the Optometry Act, 1991 that was in force at the time of the misconduct: paragraph 27 (Failing to make and maintain records as required by the regulations); paragraph 35 (Failing to issue a statement or receipt to a patient or to a third party responsible for the payment of the account of a patient); and paragraph 53 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as unprofessional or unethical).
2. The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Penalty and Costs and ordered as follows:
a. Dr. Ng is required to appear before the Discipline Panel to receive a reprimand.
b. Dr. Ng to pay the College’s costs in the amount of $5000 payable to the College of Optometrists of Ontario within three months of the date of the Order of the Discipline Committee by post-dated cheque delivered to the Registrar on or before 22 June 2016.
c. The Registrar be directed to suspend Dr Ng’s certificate of registration for a period of two months as set out in paragraph 3 of the Joint Submission on Penalty.
d. The Discipline Committee ordered that the suspension be fully suspended if Dr. Ng successfully completes a practice coaching within five months of the date of the Order of the Discipline Committee. If Dr. Ng fails to successfully complete the practice coaching, he will serve the two months suspension beginning upon notification by the Registrar that Dr. Ng has failed to successfully complete the coaching.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Ng waived his right to appeal and the Discipline Committee delivered the reprimand.