Members with conditions

Dr. Ronald Latch | Practice permit: 424

Effective 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019, the following conditions are placed on Dr. Latch’s practice permit until the completion of College disciplinary proceedings:

  1. Dr. Latch shall not see or treat female patients except in the presence of a chaperone
    1. who is a registered health care professional actively licensed to practice in the Province of Alberta under the Health Professions Act;
    2. is not a relative or spouse of Dr. Latch or a current employee or patient of his practice;
    3. is aware of the charges against Dr. Latch and the conditions placed on Dr. Latch’s practice permit;
    4. is satisfactory to the Complaints Director;
    5. agrees to report to the Complaints Director in writing on a weekly basis in a manner agreed upon with the Complaints Director; and
    6. agrees to immediately contact the Complaints Director in respect to any concerns regarding Dr. Latch.
  2. Dr. Latch shall not see or treat any minor female patients unless those patients are in the presence of a parent or guardian and the chaperone described in Condition 1.
  3. Dr. Latch shall ensure that he or, where he deems appropriate, his office staff, advise female patients of the presence of the chaperone and the fact that the chaperone’s presence is required by an order made at the request of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, including
    1. when a new female patient or parent of a minor female patient calls to book an appointment; and
    2. when a returning female patient or, in the case of minor female patients, their parents or guardians call to book an appointment.

Dr. Pardip Athwal | Practice permit 1656

Effective 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2019, the following conditions are placed on Dr. Athwal’s practice permit for a period of 90 days or until the completion of the proceedings concerning ACAC File 17-05 under Part 4 of the Health Professions Act, whichever occurring first:

  1. Dr. Athwal must practice with a practice monitor approved by the ACAC’s Complaints Director. The Practice Monitor:
    1. Must be a health care professional actively licensed to practice in a regulated health care profession in the Province of Alberta;
    2. Must not be a relative of Dr. Athwal or a current or former employee or patient of her practice;
    3. Shall be aware of the case against Dr. Athwal and the conditions placed on Dr. Athwal’s practice permit;
    4. Shall, on a daily basis, attend Dr. Athwal’s clinic to review her creation and maintenance of patient files and related record keeping. Attendance at Dr. Athwal’s clinic should be for a period of no more than one hour daily and preferably towards the end of Dr. Athwal’s workday to minimize interference with patient care and to allow for assessment of the completeness of Dr. Athwal’s files. Dr. Athwal shall make all patient records from visits that day available for review and demonstrate that a professionally suitable filing system is in place.
    5. Shall report in writing to the Complaints Director on at least a weekly basis in a manner agreed upon with the Complaints Director;
    6. Shall immediately contact the Complaints Director in respect to any concerns regarding Dr. Athwal.
  2. Dr. Athwal must perform all of her clinical record keeping requirements at her clinic site and is not to remove any files or documents containing confidential patient information from her clinic.
  3. Dr. Athwal must complete and record all clinical record keeping requirements for each patient she sees on the same day of each patient visit.
  4. On or before the expiry of the above-mentioned 90-day period Dr. Athwal shall provide to the Complaints Director a signed letter attesting to Dr. Athwal’s fitness to practice chiropractic from a health care professional actively licensed to practice in the province of Alberta in the field of mental health and agreed upon by the Complaints Director. This individual may include Dr. Athwal’s grief counsellor if the grief counsellor is a member of a regulated health profession in the Province of Alberta.
  5. All costs associated with complying with the above conditions shall be paid by Dr. Athwal.
  6. If in the sole opinion of the Complaints Director, Dr. Athwal has not satisfactorily completed any of the above conditions, then the conditions may be extended for a further 90-day period at the written direction of the Complaints Director and/or the Complaints Director may request further orders pursuant to section 65 of the HPA including but not limited to an interim suspension of Dr. Athwal’s practice permit.
  7. At any time into the 90-day period of these conditions, if the Complaints Director and Practice Monitor are satisfied that Dr. Athwal has been compliant with the conditions, the Complaints Director may at their sole discretion reduce the frequency of practice visits and reporting by the Practice Monitor.