South Surrey clinic places public ‘at risk,’ says document filed in Supreme Court

Published: August 28, 2014

File photo: A nurse loads a syringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

A South Surrey clinic has “placed members of the public at risk” by falsely claiming to be naturopathic doctors and administering unauthorized injections and therapies, according to a Supreme Court claim filed by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C.

In a petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Aug. 14, the College alleges that Surrey couple Sarge Sandhu and Sam Samrai’s South Point Natural Therapies, located on King George Blvd., has been providing naturopathic therapies without the regulatory body’s approval.

The petition to the court is seeking to prohibit the business from practising naturopathic medicine and a declaration that both Sandhu and Samrai have breached both the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation and the Health Professions Act by “using a title that expresses or implies that he is a registrant or is associated with the College” and by “performing a service that a person other than a registrant must not perform.”

The College is further requesting the business no longer use terms such as “doctor,” “naturopathic,” “naturopathy,” or “other terms implying training, experience or expertise as a medical doctor or naturopathic physician.”

According to the claim, the issues were previously addressed in March 2012 and both Sandhu and Samrai agreed to refrain from using certain titles and unauthorized therapies, but the behaviour continued.

“They hold themselves out as trained medical practitioners and offer their patients a variety of services including regenerative injectable therapies such as Biopuncture Therapy, Prolotherapy and IV injections of nutritional substances,” the document reads.

“They thereby placed members of the public at risk. Their conduct was as such ‘reprehensible’ and has necessitated the bringing of this proceeding.”

According to CBC News, an undercover investigation was carried out at South Point Natural Therapies, in which investigators posed as patients seeking treatments. Footage from the investigation has also been filed in court.

When contacted by Vancouver Desi, a woman who answered the phone at the clinic declined comment.

The allegations against Sandhu and Samrai have not been proven in court.

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