News Item – Doctors say government neglect, mismanagement to blame for sorry state of health care

A group that advocates for Ontario doctors says the provincial government has created a crisis in health care through years of neglect and mismanagement.

The result has been a marked decline in the quality of patient care, Dr. Kulvinder Gill, president of Concerned Ontario Doctors, told reporters at Queen’s Park.

The organization is calling on opposition parties and political candidates, excluding the Liberals, to pledge to do the following:

  • Reduce bureaucracy to put patients first and to create a lean, efficient health care management system with oversight from the Ontario ombudsman and auditor-general.
  • Create a health care task force composed of frontline physicians, who have active practices in the community and knowledge of the problems in the system, to find solutions to the health care crisis that will enable the system to be sustainable.
  • Restore trust and respect between the province and physicians, while protecting doctors’ free speech.
  • Address the problem of physician burnout and high suicide rates.
  • Conduct an independent forensic review of the Ontario Medical Association that would overseen by a retired Ontario appeal court or superior court judge.

Full article at: CBC News