Health care professionals in Saskatchewan are expressing concern about the charging of a Canadian obstetricalian for failing to tell a pregnant woman that she was pregnant before giving birth, and about the alleged lack of oversight of her care.
Dr. Kathryn Kakh obstetricians of Saskatchewan were charged Monday with two counts of contravening the Saskatchewan Health Care Quality and Access Act.
The charges include the one for failing, in the absence of a doctor’s written instruction, to inform a pregnant women that she is pregnant before administering any prenatal care.
Kakh, an obstetric assistant, was charged in the fall for failing by her own admission to give a birth certificate to a pregnant patient, according to a statement from the province’s health services minister.
Kagg, a physician assistant, has been charged with failing to report a miscarriage to the province, and failing to notify the province of the miscarriage.
The ministry did not identify Kakh or Kagg in the statement.
The provincial government said Kakh and Kagg would be available for a bail hearing later this week.
The province says it’s investigating allegations of fraud and breach of trust.
The health services ministry has not identified Kakh.
It is unclear whether Kakh was aware that she had failed to tell the pregnant woman she was expecting until the fetus was born.
Kikh and Kakh both worked as an obstetrical assistant in Saskatchewan from 2006 to 2015.
The allegations of miscommunication between Kakh’s care provider and the pregnant patient are not related to the pregnancy, the ministry said in a statement.
It did not specify how many patients Kakh treated.
“I feel very sorry for the patient,” Kakh told CBC News.
“She did not know she was going to be pregnant until she gave birth.”
The patient, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CBC she had been treated by Kakh before her pregnancy was announced.
“Kakh is one of the best obstetric assistants in Saskatchewan, and she’s always been very, very helpful and kind,” she said.
“It’s very frustrating.”
The province said it’s aware of other doctors and obstetric staff who have been charged in Saskatchewan in recent years.
“The Saskatchewan Health Service (Health) is looking into these issues,” said the ministry.
“We’re trying to take steps to make sure the processes are sound and safe.”
Kakh could not be reached for comment.
Kackal Kakh is charged with contravene the Saskatchewan Government of Health Quality and Accreditation Act.
(Facebook)Kakh has not been charged as of Monday evening, the Saskatchewan health services department said in the release.
The statement said the charges stem from a complaint that was filed by the patient in October 2017, the first day Kakh began working for the province.
“During this period, Kakh repeatedly provided incorrect information to the patient regarding the pregnancy and the birth, which caused her to be charged with a charge of contravention of the Health Quality Act,” the statement said.
Kkh said she would cooperate with the health services investigation, but did not say whether she planned to appeal.
The minister said he had been “concerned by the allegations and the situation for a number of months.”
In December, the minister sent an email to the Saskatchewan Hospital Authority, the province-run health care agency, expressing concern that Kakh had been involved in a “miscommunication and deception of a woman.”
“We do not tolerate any inappropriate or fraudulent conduct of a medical professional,” the minister wrote.
Krakh did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
A Saskatchewan Health Services spokesperson said the government would provide an update on the status of the investigation when the charges are resolved.
Kalkh was hired by the Saskatchewan government in October 2018 to oversee the provincial health care system and is charged under the provincial Health Quality, Accreditation and Complaints Act.
It has been a challenging time for the health care organization in Saskatchewan.
In February, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported that Kalka had been placed on administrative leave by the province over allegations that she misled patients, employees and the media about the quality of the hospital system.
In April, the StarPhoenix revealed that a woman who was treated at the Sask.
Health Centre for Sick Kids had a miscarriage.
In December of last year, a woman reported that she miscarried in Saskatoon after being denied a prenatal test at the province health care facility, which had been cited for failing an inspection.