ON January 18, the BC Supreme Court ordered that Rajdeep Kaur Khakh serve a suspended sentence of 30 days in prison. This follows an admission by Khakh that she was in contempt of a March 22, 2018 consent order enjoining and prohibiting her from engaging in the practice of medicine.
On July 4, 2018, the College of Physicians and Surgeons became aware that Khakh had administered dermal fillers numerous times at a location in Vancouver on July 3, 2018, after the consent order was entered into the BC Supreme Court.
After speaking to witnesses and collecting visual evidence, on November 7, 2018, the College filed a petition with the court seeking to have Khakh committed to prison and / or fined for contempt.
Khakh will be required to serve the prison term if she commits any breach during a two-year probationary period where she will be required to report weekly to a probationary supervisor. The court has also ordered Khakh to pay a fine in the amount of $5,000, $300 of which will go to the main witness on the contempt application who paid that amount to Khakh for the dermal filler injection, and special costs to the College.
Receiving a medical service such as injections from an unlicensed practitioner is risky and has the potential for complications, including reaction to agents, infections, or greater harm due to human error. There is no assurance that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that the material and equipment used are safe, according to the College.
The College recommends that any person who is treated by an unlicensed practitioner consult with their family physician to review the treatment / procedure received and the materials used in performing the procedure. To verify the credentials and to ensure a physician is registered with the College, members of the public are encouraged to visit the online physician directory on the College website at www.cpsbc.ca.
With these actions, the College says it is confident that the public interest has been served.