By Belle Hatfield
A psychiatrist who practised in Yarmouth at the hospital has lost his licence after admitting to sexual misconduct involving three women who were his patients while he was practising here.
Dr. Bolarinwa Olutosin Oluwole has admitted, as part of a settlement agreement reached with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, to having sex with two of his patients and engaging in sexual misconduct with all three women. The settlement agreement was reached after a two-year investigation that began in March 2010.
College registrar Dr. Gus Grant said in an interview with the Vanguard, “His licence has been revoked. It is the strictest sanction available to the college and his actions certainly merited this punishment.”
Oluwole practised in Yarmouth from 2008-2010. He practised under a defined licence, which requires that the physician be sponsored by a fully qualified physician approved by the college. His sponsorship was withdrawn and he was dismissed from the hospital after two complainants came forward in 2010 alleging he had engaged in inappropriate sexual acts. A third patient filed a complaint in 2011. Without sponsorship, Oluwole could no longer practise medicine in this province. Oluwole lives in Ontario, and is not registered with the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Grant said Oluwole cannot apply for licensure in another jurisdiction without obtaining a certificate from the Nova Scotia college, at which time details of his licence revocation would be supplied.
According to the decision of the hearing committee, "two of the three patients allege, and Dr. Oluwole admits, that he engaged in sexual intercourse with them."
In the hearing committee decision the college disclosed that upon search of his office, hospital staff found "inappropriate material of a sexual nature". They included condoms, lubricant and a CD of sexually explicit photographs. The photos depict someone other than the three complainants
The hearing committee found his behavior – especially in view of his professional responsibility as a treating psychiatrist at the time the misconduct took place – to be especially egregious.
In its decision the committee wrote, "Dr. Oluwole's actions were indeed (as counsel for the college asserted), an abuse and a betrayal of his patients."