- Hon. Michael ChanMinister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- Hon. Kathleen WynnePremier of Ontario
- Hon. Jean AugustineCommissioner, Office of the Fairness Commissioner
- Hon. Yasir NaqviMinistry of Labour
- Emily CheungRegistrar, Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese
- Christine ElliottCritic, Health; Deputy Leader, Official Opposition (PC)
- Deborah Matthews, Ontario Minister of HealthMinister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario
- France GélinasCritic, Health and Long-Term Care
Vote of No Confidence in Ontario's TCM Regulatory body! Compensation for loss of work!
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.]
- Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Hon. Michael Chan
- Premier of Ontario
Hon. Kathleen Wynne
- Commissioner, Office of the Fairness Commissioner
Hon. Jean Augustine
- Ministry of Labour
Hon. Yasir Naqvi
- Registrar, Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese
- Critic, Health; Deputy Leader, Official Opposition (PC)
- Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario
Deborah Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health
- Critic, Health and Long-Term Care
- Premier of Ontario
We demand / 我們要求：
1) A new College. We call for the TC-CTCMPAO to be DISSOLVED, due to gross incompetence and mismanagement
2) Financial compensation for the loss of income to the highly trained, safe, and experienced TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists, who have been put out of work due to the aforementioned incompetence and mismanagement
3) An immediate, clear assurance that the Ministry and Council will honour their lawyers' word, and allow us to work without threat of fines and/or imprisonment
We, the undersigned Practitioners, Patients and Members of the Ontario Public (the Stakeholders), do hereby declare that we have no confidence in Emily Cheung and 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.
As of April 1, 2013, 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 is 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 left waiting indefinitely for the next sitting. Phone calls and emails to the Ministry of Health and Transitional Council have been left unanswered.
The Ministry of Health and the Transitional Council have been blaming each other for the current chaos. No one will take responsibility. In the meantime, some of us have suspended business, leaving patients without care. Some of us continue to serve our patients, despite the threats of $25,000 fines and/or imprisonment.
While claiming to protect public safety, the Transitional Council's regulation process makes it easy for health professionals with minimal (~200 hour) acupuncture training to continue practicing, while establishing hurdle after hurdle for TCM practitioners and acupuncturists with years of training (at least 2000-5000 hours average). Applicants whose registrations have not been processed, through no fault of their own, are being directed to MD's, chiropractors and physical therapists for delegation of the right to perform acupuncture. These professions cannot be assumed to have any authority in the field of TCM, therefore this is an unacceptable 'solution' to a problem created by the Ministry and Transitional Council.
Lawyers for the Ministry of Health and the Transitional Council gave assurances that practitioners would not be penalized for working, between April 1st and a court injunction application hearing scheduled for May 30. However, both the Ministry and Council refused to honour this promise; instead, the Registrar maintained that unregistered practitioners could face prosecution, promoting confusion amongst the public and stakeholders.
Why is the registration process so punitive to both practitioners and patients? How can we entrust the thorough and careful “self-regulation” of our profession to a body that is so clearly unable to manage even basic timelines and administration, not to mention satisfying the majority of stakeholder concerns? Why is the registration process for TCM divergent from the registration processes of every other health profession in Ontario - in other words, why is it discriminatory against its own stakeholders?"
This regulation process has resulted in our complete loss of confidence in the Transitional Council. We need a more effective and representative regulatory body, that reflects and respects TCM Practitioners, Acupuncturists and patients (Ontario's public).
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