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I would like a better process regarding patients complaints

Anyone that had to deal with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario knows what I am talking about. How frustrating and how long the process is and by the time you get through it yet again you get disappointed. What I don't get is if I as a patient make a false claim I would be prosecuted and go to jail for fraud which is the right thing to do and should be. But what is not fair is that the doctors do not face the same kind of scrutiny and justice if they cause long term injury to me and then outright lies about it and also block my attempt to get any help in that is specialize field. The most they get here in Canada is a warning or a suspension and a fine. So much for fairness. Very rare has a doctor license ever been revoked and when it did it was with great  pain and perseverance on the part of the patient whom still suffer to this day because of their actions. This is why I decided to post this story on this site so some changes can be made in the way the complaints are done and processes. Doctors should be held more accountable for their action since we the patient put our trust, life and health in their hands and should conduct themselves with high esteem and integrity. After the latest decision and the experience I am going through with the College of Physicians isn't there any wonder why some doctors abuse their position? With everything that I said and even producing some documents to back up my claim, their decision only is one sided. Even when these doctors where misleading in their reply, I made an attempt to correct those inconsistencies and back it up with documents stating the truth. Regardless that my right where violated and there is many other transgressions on their part that I can mention it all comes down to this main point, these doctors abuse their power of trust and they get a pass on it? Is it any wonder why it take so long to bring some of these doctors to justice? I'm starting to think that the College of Physician is just a delay tactics on the part of the doctors to buy some time and in the hope the patient give up. Never mind that sometimes some innocent parents goes to jail because a doctor made a false report and gave a false statement. Or that many lives have been affected by their conduct. Why do the College wait until many lives are affected before they act? And then they are totally surprise that some gets so arrogant and begin to behave badly!!! I am starting to feel like my entire attempt to get to the truth is being block. I deserve to know the truth and will not settle for anything less otherwise that would be to compromise my integrity at this point I am not going to. There are two classes in our society the "Have" which is the College who protect and provide legal assistance to their doctors and the "Have Not" and if you end up falling in the second category like I do I have to defend myself with all the tools at my disposal until I can find the proper help that I need! I finally have one area that is being taken care of and the one thing that has been eluding me up to date and is the most important challenge is to see and speak with a specialist who has knowledge of long term severe reaction and side effects cause by Botox use for chronic pain. I learn a lot by these reactions but there are many questions that need to be answered. Has anyone else ever had that much and going through similar reactions? I even wrote a blog detailing the entire step that I have gone through up to date and also how these treatments has and still is affecting my health @ These doctors involves in my case change my diagnosis and tampers with my files, also access my files without written consent after no longer being in their care. What response did I get from the College regarding their conduct!. That I was malicious and my claim was and is baseless even after sending them the result that indeed I was overdose with Botox and now suffering from Botulism toxin! Also another hurdle that we as patient must go through is trying to find proper representation even with the solid evidence that I have still can't find a lawyer that want to help in any way unless I get a expert and here again when I tried was told that they (expert) can't take my case since it would be a "Conflict of interest" will let you draw your own conclusion on this one! All roadblock that are put in the way of the patient while these doctors have all the protection they need! This need to change so the patient can be empower when facing with a entity that think they are entitle!Thank goodness there are still many good doctors out there that value the trust of their patient! Too bad some doctors don't like to get involves more to help and protect the patient, even just a small action like reporting their colleague who does wrong would go a long way in helping to alleviating the stress and anxiety that some patient goes through. It is hard enough to deal with a challenging condition and even harder to get answer, that would be a first good step even if it is not in the physician’s specialty. If you believe that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Canada is useless and we need a different way to deal with patient complaints and make doctors more accountable for their action, please sign this petition and hopefully our Government provincial or federal will listen and make changes appropriately!

Lise Latulippe
32 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Barbara Hall

Intervene for equal health care for persons with addictions

People suffering from addiction should not have to prove to doctors they have conquered their disability before they are allowed access to treatment. Last fall, the Ontario Human Rights Commission made a commitment to support and intervene in applications before the Tribunal to actively challenge cases where doctors allegedly denied service delivery to people based on mental health or addiction disabilities. Now is the time to ask Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall to keep her promise. Next week she will decide whether to intervene in my husband’s application. My husband paid the highest price of discrimination in the Ontario health care system. UHN doctors made him wait 6 months to get on the liver transplant wait list until he could prove he could stop being a person with an alcohol addiction disability. At transplant centres non alcoholic patients are assessed individually for transplant based on urgency and medical condition. Alcoholic patients are judged as a group. They told us they would not “waste the organ because he would just start drinking again.” When I said I would be a living donor, they said “they would not even waste the money on the surgery.”  Their message was clear. “You are better off dead than alive and drinking.” My husband did not make it. I watched as they let him die. And I am saying, “What the doctors did was horribly wrong.” I need your support. The Ontario government is paying three lawyers to fight this case; Minister of Health Deb Matthews has chosen to ignore her responsibilities for this issue. Instead she is sending the message to doctors it is OK to violate the human rights of those with disabilities. Please tell Commissioner Hall to do what she said she was going to do: stand up for those with disabilities and intervene in matters where those with addictions are denied treatment. My husband is gone. But, I am here to fight to have those guidelines struck. These guidelines remain in place at every transplant centre in Ontario. The public interest remedy in this matter is huge. People with disabilities should not have to pass a test before they are allowed access to medical treatment. Doctors should not be allowed to set their own treatment criteria if these breach human rights laws. Please  join me. Ask Commissioner Hall to  stand up for the rights of those with mental health and addiction challenges. Ask her to send a message to Ontario doctors that our Charter states everyone has a right to life. And that doctors cannot set guidelines that send those with disabilities to the back of the line.  

Debra Selkirk
46 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Minister Eric Hoskins

Minister Hoskins: Introduce legislation so alcohol use disorder patients get help

Alcohol use disorder is a disability and a disease we don't talk about. Current legislation in Ontario offers no mechanisms for families of these people to help or to save the people they love. And so persons with alcohol use disorder and their families suffer in silence, in darkness, in isolation. Ashamed. According to government standards, you cannot commit them to treatment because they are not a danger to themselves. And yet, they drink until the lives of their babies are impacted forever. Until their own lives are irreparably harmed. Until they die from their addiction. These are dangers. Happening in slow motion. Legislation will give babies a chance. It will give concerned family members, friends or spouses an opportunity to intervene and lessen the likelihood of FASD. How many kids do you need to see, to know someone should have helped sooner! Legislation could also decrease the advance of liver disease to the need for liver transplant. Many reasons more...  We want legislation like Florida's Marchman Act, which allows family members or friends to go to a judge and get people assessed when they have lost control of their alcohol consumption.  Little known facts about alcohol: - Less than 1/4 of people who have an alcohol use disorder seek treatment. - 12% of children in Ontario live in alcoholic families. - 15% of people who try alcohol become addicted. - Per capita consumption of alcohol increased more than 13% in the past decade in Canada. - A 2011 study by the World Health Organization of the burden of disease indicates that alcohol ranks second out of 26 risk factors for death, disease and disability, behind tobacco and above other health risks such as over-weight and obesity, physical inactivity, illicit drug use, unhealthy diet and others. We work to address most of these issues but we use alcohol to generate revenue. Enough is enough. We have an alcohol problem. It's time to take a stand and tell the government, we demand that you help us save those who we love. Before it is too late. 

Debra Selkirk
360 supporters