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Inquiry Panel Notice of Decision
The Inquiry Panel convened on June 20, 2018 for a hearing into charges against Christopher Bisignano, a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.
Members of the Panel were Murray MacHutchon (Chair), Sam Steinfeld, Annyue Wong, and Darlene West.
Christopher Bisignano entered a plea of guilty to a charge that:
On or about October 1, 2016 to on or about January 13, 2017, he did practice physiotherapy and provide clinical services when he knew or ought to have known that he did not have liability insurance coverage, contrary to Section 18 of the Regulations.
Accordingly, the Inquiry Committee Panel found Christopher Bisignano guilty of professional misconduct and, pursuant to Section 42(1)(a), Mr. Bisignano received a reprimand and pursuant to Section 43(1)(a) and (b), was ordered to pay costs in the amount of $3,000.00 and a fine in the amount of $1,250.00.
In coming to this conclusion, the Panel considered the following:
(a) Any registrant of the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba who is providing clinical service is required to maintain a minimum of $5,000,000 of professional liability insurance;
(b) Christopher Bisignano’s lapse in coverage was not an oversight. He was aware that he was uninsured while providing clinical services to his clients between October 1, 2016 and January 13, 2017.