Su Lan (Mary) LEE (01615)
Effective date: November 4, 2021
Name of registrant: Su Lan (Mary) Lee, R. Ac.
Location of practice: Sechelt, BC
Nature of action:
On September 3, 2021, the Inquiry Committee of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Practitioners of British Columbia (the College) initiated an investigation into the practice of the Registrant, Su Lan (Mary) Lee, in response to two separate complaints received by members of the public.
The Inquiry Committee Panel appointed an Inspector to attend the Registrant’s clinic to conduct an inspection of the premises and the clinical records and to report back.
Based on the Panel’s review of the Inspector’s report it had concerns that the Registrant’s clinical and billing records, her fee schedule, her bloodletting procedures, and her disposal and sterilization procedures were posing a risk to the public. The Panel concluded that an interim suspension was necessary to protect the public.
The Inquiry Committee Panel ordered that the registration of the Registrant be suspended pursuant to section 35(1)(b) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183 during its continued investigation of her practice.
Reasons for action taken:
The Panel reviewed all documents provided by College-counsel and the Registrant, including the complaints and their attachments, the Inspector’s report and exhibits, and the submissions of both College-counsel and the Registrant.
The College-counsel, through the Inspector’s report, provided evidence to the Panel of circumstances at the Registrant’s place of practice that gave rise, in the absence of any explanation by the Registrant, to a prima facie case for (at least) the following kinds of misconduct:
a. The Registrant engaging in blood-letting and thereby violating an undertaking she gave in the 2012 Agreement.
b. The Registrant placing blood waste and other bodily fluids in her household trash, which puts at risk the health of others who may contract serious diseases from such biomedical waste.
c. The Registrant failed to properly dispose of used acupuncture needles, which constitute biomedical waste, by leaving them on various surfaces. Such needles represented a danger to any workers carrying renovations in the Registrant’s home, where she practices, and to anyone else coming into her home or clinic space.
d. The Registrant knowingly providing false information to the Inspector regarding her disposal of cups and other used items. The evidence from staff at the pharmacy, to which the Registrant ultimately said she gave used cups, was clear that the pharmacy did not accept biomedical waste, apart from used syringes contained in sharps containers.
e. The Registrant did not keep clinical records, including patient histories, consents to treatment, for either complainant. Although the Registrant did later produce handwritten documents that may be such records, the provenance of such documents is unclear, given her clear initial response to the Inspector that she did not maintain such records.