A doctor’s phony medical exam is not just an inconvenience.
It is a danger to patients and families, the head of an agency charged with inspecting doctors warns.
The head of the Canadian Medical Association warns that the lack of medical standards is hurting patients and their families.
“It is just a bad thing for us to have a system where the doctor can lie to the family and the family can say no,” said Dr. Mike Siegel.
Siegel is a former deputy chief medical examiner of Ontario and a board member of the Association of Health Care Practitioners of Canada.
He has testified before the Senate health committee about a recent audit of doctors and the process by which medical exams are performed.
In February, the auditor general found the province had a “deeply flawed” system for inspecting doctors, a finding that prompted a review of the licensing and licensing regulations for health care professionals.
Sockets of red tape that have led to a glut of doctors filling empty medical posts have led some doctors to turn to the legal system.
The RCMP recently uncovered an email in which a doctor said a doctor in a community health clinic was a “very attractive candidate” for a hospital position.
In another case, a doctor at a clinic in Victoria, B.C., admitted to having performed an “accidental” examination of a patient in the midst of a medical emergency.
The doctor was later suspended and the patient returned home with a urinary tract infection.
The Canadian Medical Council says there are “several” instances where physicians have admitted to performing medical exams without proper documentation or a warrant.
In a letter to the House of Commons, the association says the medical profession is not “satisfied with the system,” adding that “there is little public trust in the medical professional profession.”
Siegel’s letter comes as the government prepares to unveil a package of reforms to the health care system.
Some of the measures are aimed at reducing pressure on doctors and increasing transparency.
But Siegel says that “the public will not tolerate the continued use of the system to manipulate and manipulate.”
He says the RCMP investigation into the clinic’s conduct is “one of the most egregious examples of medical malpractice in Canada.”
Sauer says the system is in “a state of crisis” because the medical exam industry has grown so large and is now “profitable and dominant.”
He notes that while he has been an examiner for more than 20 years, the RCMP inquiry “does not show that I’m the only one.”
In addition to being a board-certified physician, Siegel holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Guelph.
He was named deputy chief examiner in the RCMP in 2003 and 2006.
In 2013, Sauer became the first person to receive the Mountie Medal, which recognizes a person who has made “extraordinary and exceptional efforts to protect the public from crime and disorder.”
Skelings letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is part of a campaign to bring doctors and other medical professionals into line with Canadian values.
The campaign is supported by the Canadian Federation of Independent Physicians, which represents more than 500,000 physicians in Canada.
“I do not want my children to grow up in a country where the public has no right to know what doctors are doing in their own communities,” said Siegel, whose father was an RCMP officer and who is now the president of the B.c.
He added that he is “very disappointed” by the RCMP’s findings.
“When you look at the quality of medicine in this country, there are many, many people who are doing their very best, and it’s not just me,” he said.
The Mountie’s report comes at a time when the health-care system is under scrutiny.
The auditor general has called for a new national public health strategy to combat the opioid epidemic.
The province of British Columbia has also introduced legislation to increase penalties for doctors who fail to provide accurate medical information and to increase monitoring of medical professionals.
Last month, the Canadian Press reported that Ontario and Manitoba were moving to end the practice of “medical charters,” whereby physicians are granted immunity from criminal and civil liability in exchange for signing confidentiality agreements.
In the past, the federal government has been wary of loosening restrictions on doctors.
“The health system is not broken,” Siegel said.
“We need to fix it, and we need to get better at it.”