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Petition 請願書背景 :
Ontario's Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Act will be in force as of April 1, 2013. Without your help & support, hundreds of Ontario's Acupuncturists and TCM Practitioners may have to stop working after April 1.
We believe the way this regulation is currently unfolding is not in the best interests of TCM practitioners, Acupuncturists or their hundreds of thousands of patients across Ontario.
Practitioners face a possible $25,000 fine and/or imprisonment if they continue practicing without registration numbers. However, the registration process has been hampered by unclear information regarding deadlines, insufficient preliminary exam options, and language barriers faced by the majority of practitioners in this province (all paperwork and exams must be written in English or French, despite the fact Chinese has been the main operating language of TCM practice in Ontario and worldwide.) The process for securing a registration number has been mismanaged so significantly by the Council it appears that it will be impossible for most practitioners to be in compliance by April 1, 2013.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists and their patients deserve fair treatment! They are not criminals, they are health care providers!
Please support and sign the petition below!
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Ontario's Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists, and their hundreds of thousands of patients deserve fair treatment. I ask that you: 我們是一群安省省民，要求：
1) DELAY THE IMPLEMENTATION of the TCM Act and Regulations for at least 6 months beyond April 1, 2013.
2) DO NOT FINE OR PENALIZE ANY PRACTITIONERS who are not registered with the College by April 1, 2013, and who continue to serve their patients.
Why I believe you should do this:
Ontarians deserve the best in health care. Early this year, it was confirmed that the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Act would be proclaimed on April 1, 2013. Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners suddenly faced a registration process fraught with administrative problems, miscommunication, exorbitant fees and unrealistic timelines, along with the threat of a $25,000 fine and/or imprisonment for non-compliance. The process for securing a registration number has been mismanaged so significantly by the Council it appears that it will be impossible for most of us to be in compliance by April 1, 2013. These problems threaten the health care of hundreds of thousands of patients – and the livelihood of thousands of practitioners – across the province.
The registration timeline and process are especially difficult for the majority of practitioners, who face discriminatory language barriers, as all paperwork and exams must be written in English or French. British Columbia, for example, allows exams to be written in Chinese, as Chinese has been the main operating language of TCM practice in Ontario and worldwide.
We risk losing the services (temporarily or permanently) of hundreds of dedicated health care providers who serve Ontario's public. The way this regulation is currently unfolding does not reflect the best interests of the TCM profession or its patients. 我們正面對數以百計中醫服務員暫時或永久失去服務安省省民的機會，有關法例的推行並不能確保中醫業和接受中醫治療者的權益。
The new College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is meant to protect public safety. However, the Council has suggested that TCM practitioners who can no longer practice after April 1st may refer their patients to other health professionals who practice acupuncture (e.g. chiropractors, physiotherapists, doctors, etc.). TCM practitioners generally have 2000-5000 hours of training in acupuncture, while many of the other professions have a minimum of just 200 hours. Allowing other professions to practice acupuncture after April 1st 2013 with minimal training, while putting up barriers to experienced TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists is in the best interests neither of the profession, nor of public safety.
TCM and Acupuncture Practitioners are not criminals! They are valued health care professionals, whose practices and patients should be treated fairly and with respect, not discrimination and punitive measures. The practice of authentic, traditional Chinese medicine is a powerful asset for the health of Ontario. Regulation thus requires careful consideration of and agreement from the majority of TCM practitioners, the stakeholders of the profession.