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Disciplinary Actions

Robert Morgan, Former RMT

Location:
Kelowna, BC
 
Date of Action:
June 8, 2021

Nature of Action and Reasons: On December 14 and 15, 2020, a panel of the Discipline Committee convened to hear a formal citation issued to Robert Morgan. The citation contained charges relating to Mr. Morgan’s conduct in relation to three female patients.

The Discipline Committee panel issued a decision and reasons dated June 8, 2021.

The panel found that on September 18, 2015, in the course of providing massage therapy services to Patient 1:

  • Mr. Morgan massaged Patient 1’s breasts for a non-therapeutic purpose; and
  • Mr. Morgan failed to provide appropriate draping, by lifting the drape and exposing Patient 1’s breasts as she turned from a prone to an upward facing position.

The panel determined that by engaging in this conduct, Mr. Morgan breached section 75 of CMTBC’s Bylaws and breached a standard imposed under the Health Professions Act by failing to comply with section 2(a) of the Code of Ethical Conduct and section 11 of the Standards of Practice in effect at the applicable time. The panel also determined in relation to these findings that Mr. Morgan committed professional misconduct.

The panel found that on April 20, 2017, in the course of providing massage therapy services to Patient 2:

  • In his communications with Patient 2 prior to treatment, Mr. Morgan failed to describe appropriate disrobing and/or draping options and stated words to the effect that “it is a full body massage so clothes will get in the way”;
  • Mr. Morgan massaged or otherwise touched Patient 2’s buttocks for a non-therapeutic purpose;
  • Mr. Morgan massaged or otherwise touched Patient 2’s breasts for a non-therapeutic purpose;
  • Mr. Morgan touched Patient 2’s nipples; and
  • Mr. Morgan failed to provide appropriate draping, by leaving Patient 2’s breasts and buttocks exposed when he was not treating that area of her body.

The panel determined that by engaging in this conduct, Mr. Morgan breached section 75 of CMTBC’s Bylaws and breached a standard imposed under the Health Professions Act by failing to comply with section 21 of the Code of Ethics and section 11 of the Standards of Practice in effect at the applicable time. The panel also determined in relation to these findings that Mr. Morgan committed professional misconduct.

The panel found that on February 3, 2017, in the course of providing massage therapy services to Patient 3:

  • Mr. Morgan told Patient 3 that it was necessary to expose her breast to provide treatment, when this was untrue;
  • Mr. Morgan massaged or otherwise touched Patient 3’s breast for a non-therapeutic purpose; and
  • Mr. Morgan failed to provide appropriate draping, by exposing Patient 3’s breast when there was no therapeutic reason to do so.

The panel determined that by engaging in this conduct, Mr. Morgan breached section 75 of CMTBC’s Bylaws and breached a standard imposed under the Health Professions Act by failing to comply with section 21 of the Code of Ethics and section 11 of the Standards of Practice in effect at the applicable time. The panel also determined in relation to these findings that Mr. Morgan committed professional misconduct.

Read the full Reasons for Decision (PDF).

The panel has set a schedule for written submissions from the College and Mr. Morgan with respect to penalty and costs. Once a decision on penalty and costs has been made by the panel, this public notice will be updated. 

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