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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 06:30 PM
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Bullying of Alberta MDs systemic, say medical groups
Purported bullying of doctors by health-care officials in Alberta is a systemic problem that demands a public inquiry, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Alberta Medical Association (AMA) said in a joint statement.

The groups told the Health Quality Council they believe that government intimidation of physicians who speak out about patient care is a pervasive problem that must be addressed.

The CMA and AMA outlined nine recommendations, including a call for the development and enforcement of rules to prevent officials from punishing outspoken doctors. They also said that Alberta's ombudsman should be empowered to deal with complaints from physicians about unfair treatment, and be able to report directly to the legislature.

In a letter to members of the Alberta Medical Association, Dr. Linda M. Slocombe, president of the AMA, said she and the CMA were prompted to take action this week after hearing "many individual stories" about an "environment of intimidation" for doctors who advocate for patients.
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CanSocDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 09:57 AM
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1. We shouldn't be surprised.

The medical industry is no different than any other industry that benefits from consumer complacency. Any worker or consumer who refuses to play the game is obviously, a liability. We're foolish to think we have this industry on the ropes with our celebrated public system, when they are allowed to pummel, in full view, our closest neighbor.

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