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Sanctioned MD Sastri Maharajh, allowed to treat only men, moves to Mississauga Health Centre

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By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Nov 06 2014

A Mississauga family doctor whose case raised questions about gender-based practice restrictions and helped launch a review of health legislation has moved to a new clinic, the Star has learned.

In 2013, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario found Dr. Sastri Maharajhguilty of professional misconduct after he admitted to either resting his cheek or placing his mouth on the breast of as many as 13 female patients. The college suspended his licence for eight months and restricted his practice to male patients only.

Maharajh is one of 21 Ontario doctors who have gender-based practice restrictions, according to a Star investigation. Twenty are male doctors restricted from treating female patients. One is male doctor restricted from seeing male patients.

Back in September, Maharajh was working at Mississauga’s MD Walk-in clinic. On Wednesday, staff at the clinic said they hadn’t seen Maharajh for weeks.

“We came in one day about two months ago and all his stuff was gone,” said a receptionist who would not give her full name. “All his plaques, all his signs, everything.”

A lab technician at the clinic, who also would not give her full name, said Maharajh is still affiliated with the MD Walk-in clinic — some of his patient files remain at the office — but staff refer his patients to his new clinic, she said.

A doctor working at the clinic Wednesday would not comment on Maharajh’s disappearance. “She wants nothing to do with it,” said the receptionist.

Less than 15 kilometres away, front-desk staff at the Mississauga Health Centre confirmed Maharajh is now practising there.

A sign displayed at the front desk read: “Important Notice Dr. Maharajh may only treat male patients.”

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