More allegations filed against Chatham ophthamologist

Dr. Christopher Anjema. (Photo courtesy of the Anjema Eye Institute)

New allegations have been brought up against a Chatham eye doctor accused of professional misconduct.

A spokesperson with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) confirmed with Blackburn News that “additional allegations were referred to the disciplinary committee” recently regarding ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Anjema.

The latest allegations were added to Dr. Anjema’s file on the CPSO’s website on September 18, 2020 and are said to be “within the same categories of misconduct as the previous allegations.”

Dr. Anjema has been under investigation by the CPSO since May 18, 2018, amid allegations of disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional conduct.

The CPSO said “it is alleged that Dr. Anjema failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession and/or is incompetent in his care of patients” and that “he engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in that he engaged in inappropriate submissions of claims and/or billing to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, and/or to patients, and/or inappropriate ordering or conducting of tests and investigations.”

Dr. Anjema is also accused of engaging in “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct in his communications with a patient regarding medical services offered to the patient, including uninsured services.”

None of the allegations against Dr. Anjema have been proven.

He is currently awaiting several hearings with a panel of the Discipline Committee of the CPSO. Those hearing dates have been set for November 23-27, 30, December 1, 2, 14-18, and 21-22 — all in 2020.

A statement to Blackburn News from the Anjema Eye Institute regarding the allegations against Dr. Anjema said he “will continue to fully cooperate with the College and participate in its process,” adding that “the doctor looks forward to providing comprehensive facts regarding allegations which he is confident will result in an evidence-based outcome in the interests of the thousands of patients whom he is proud to serve.”