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Doctor sues health authority over alleged poisoning

A Cape Breton doctor has launched a lawsuit against the local health authority seeking more than $10 million.

A Cape Breton doctor has launched a lawsuit against the local health authority seeking more than $10 million.

Dr. Duncan MacIntyre, who performed oral and maxillofacial surgery, worked for about six years at New Waterford Consolidated Hospital. MacIntyre launched the lawsuit in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Sydney against the Cape Breton District Health Authority on Monday.

Lawyer George MacDonald, who represents MacIntyre, said he would set out to prove that the doctor was affected by heavy metal poisoning because of renovations at the hospital between 2001 and 2002, and could no longer perform surgeries.

The civil lawsuit, which started on Monday, will hear evidence for four days in a Sydney courtroom, then relocate to a Halifax courtroom for two weeks where it will hear from a number of expert witnesses, including some who will travel from the United States. After that, the trial will return to Sydney for a final week.

 
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