Decision re: Dr. Sean Buckingham

March 9, 2010

Summary of Adjudication Tribunal Decision

(Published under subsection 45(3) of the Medical Act, 2005)

In the matter of Complaints against Dr. Sean Buckingham, of St. John’s, NL, and pursuant to the decision of the Adjudication Tribunal on February 17, 2010 on the Complaints:

Date, location and brief description of the conduct found deserving of sanction

On January 14, 2008, after a trial by judge and jury, Dr. Sean Buckingham was found guilty of six offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and six offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. On January 29, 2008, Dr. Buckingham was sentenced to seven years and nine months imprisonment in relation to these convictions.

On January 30, 2008, the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador filed allegations against Dr. Buckingham in relation to each of the 12 convictions in accordance with sections 37(2), (3), and (4) of the Medical Act, 2005.
Extract from written decision of the Adjudication Tribunal, dated February 25, 2010:

“After carefully considering all of the evidence and, in particular, the Respondent’s six convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada and six convictions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and after reading the decision referencing these convictions in R. v. Sean Buckingham NL T.D. 12, date 2008 01 29, and having noted that the respondent has not contested any of the evidence and has abandoned his Notice of Appeal, the Adjudication Tribunal was satisfied that the Respondent was guilty of conduct deserving of sanction as envisaged in Section 44(3) of the Act, and in particular, professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner as found in Section 34 (c) of the Act.”

Order of the Adjudication Tribunal

Pursuant to section 44(3) of the Medical Act, 2005, after having found Dr. Sean Buckingham guilty of conduct deserving of sanction, the Adjudication Tribunal accepted a joint submission on sanction and ordered as follows:

1. That Dr. Sean Buckingham surrender his license to the Council of the College, which surrender of licence is to be made and is to be effective as of the conclusion of this hearing [February 17, 2010]; 
2. That Dr. Buckingham’s name be struck from the medical register maintained under the Medical Act, 2005; 
3. That Dr. Buckingham pay a portion of the costs incurred by the College in the investigation and hearing of the Complaints, in the agreed-upon amount of $9,500.00; and, 
4. That publication of the summary of the decision of Adjudication Tribunal, pursuant to subsection 45(3) of the Medical Act, 2005 not include any information that could disclose the identity of any of the complainants or witnesses in the criminal proceedings involving Dr. Buckingham.

The address where Dr. Sean Buckingham last practised in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador was:

80 Queen’s Road, Suite 201 
St. John's, NL
A1C 2B1

Robert W. Young, MD FRCPC, Registrar