VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE:
We, TCM Practitioners, Patients and Members of the Ontario Public (the Stakeholders), do hereby declare that we have lost all confidence in the Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (TC-CTCMPAO) to perform their duties in the best interest of the practitioners, the profession, and the public.
With April 1, 2013 come and gone, most of Ontario's highly trained Acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, and our over one million patients, are in legal limbo. Our livelihoods and our patients' health care are uncertain, as the Transitional Council has so severely mismanaged the regulation process. We still have to pay our rents, staff, and insurance; yet we cannot earn income.
Hundreds of applications that were submitted on time remain unprocessed (with cheques cashed). The Jurisprudence and Safety exams have been full, with hundreds of practitioners left waiting indefinitely for the next sitting. Phone calls and emails to the Ministry of Health and Transitional Council have been left unanswered.
We already petitioned with widespread support (over 50% of stakeholders) the legitimate concerns regarding: unrealistic timelines, language barriers, and a mismanaged and discriminatory registration process. Yet the Ministry of Health's and Transitional Council's responses have been to simply reiterate consequences for non-compliance. Both parties direct complaints to the other, and refuse to take direct responsibility.
Dissolve the current Transitional Council for its gross incompetence and mismanagement! Compensate us for losing income due to poor governance! Respect our right to work without threats!
[Practitioners or Patients - please document your personal stories in the Comments section, which are sent directly in separate emails to the people we are petitioning.]