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Request for the Doctors Of BC to send package to all doctors offices to repeal Bill 36.
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The next Board meeting of the Association of Doctors of BC is on Friday January 27. Doctors throughout BC who are concerned about Bill 36 can send an email request to the President and the Board to prepare and send a package to all doctors offices with a poster and the petition to repeal Bill 36. Here is a suggested email that doctors can use or modify.

It's time for all doctors and the Association of Doctors of BC to show their leadership and strength. If the Board adopts the motion to send the package that will be a good thing for everyone in BC, patients and doctors. If the Board refuses to address such a request, the member doctors will have their answer on the substance of the Board.

The greatest fear regarding Bill 36 is that the medical association may think they can deal with this by working with Government "to make sure the regulations are done right" instead of mounting an all out effort to have the Act repealed. Any tinkering with the regulations will not address the fact that regulations can be changed at any time by cabinet without debate in Parliament and without a decision of the legislature. This is bad legislation that erodes our democratic process.

Send by email before January 27, 2023.

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To: President and Board, Association of Doctors of BC.

Copy: Representative Assembly, Association of Doctors of BC.

Re: Bill 36 - Petition to Repeal the Legislation; package for doctors offices

Bill 36 – The Health Professions and Occupations Act – must be repealed because it is detrimental to the integrity of medical and health care professions with resulting potential harm to patients:

  • Patients trust doctors, nurses and other health professionals to individually tell them the truth about health matters. Bill 36 prevents this as doctors and health professionals risk losing their license, being fined and jailed if they speak against government positions.
  • Doctors, nurses and other health professionals will be subject to any and all allegations being public before they have a chance to defend themselves, while being ethically and professional bound to not reveal patient information that may be relevant to the allegations. This is contrary to principles of natural justice.
  • The licensing and regulatory Colleges will be controlled by Government appointed people and answerable to Government not professional ethics and standards.

I am a member of the Association of Doctors of BC and hereby request the Association, through an immediate decision of the Board, provide all doctors offices with a package that includes: a poster for the public that highlights the concerns about Bill 36 along with the petition and information package (FAQ) that has been prepared in conjunction with the sponsoring MLA John Rustad and is available for download at https://www.cssem.org/bill36.

 

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Doctors Of BC Board Members

Doctors Of BC Representative Assembly

Petition to repeal Bill 36

Bill 36 Petition Information (FAQ)

Bill 36 Background Information

Website for Bill 36 petition

 

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Past-Presidents join request for petition package to be sent
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Date: 2023-01-26, 00:23
To: president@doctorsofbc.ca
CC: ChairOfBoardOfDirectors@doctorsofbc.ca, board@doctorsofbc.ca, ceo@doctorsofbc.ca, ChairOfRepresentaveAssembly <Speaker@doctorsofbc.ca>
Subject: Bill 36 - Petition to Repeal the Legislation; package for doctors offices

Bill 36 – The Health Professions and Occupations Act – must be repealed because it is detrimental to the integrity of medical and health care professions with resulting potential harm to patients:

  • Patients trust doctors, nurses and other health professionals to individually tell them the truth about health matters. Bill 36 prevents this as doctors and health professionals risk losing their license, being fined and jailed if they speak against government positions.
  • Doctors, nurses and other health professionals will be subject to any and all allegations being public before they have a chance to defend themselves, while being ethically and professional bound to not reveal patient information that may be relevant to the allegations. This is contrary to principles of natural justice.
  • The licensing and regulatory Colleges will be controlled by Government appointed people and answerable to Government not professional ethics and standards.

We are members of the Association of Doctors of BC and hereby request the Association, through an immediate decision of the Board, provide all doctors offices with a package that includes: a poster for the public that highlights the concerns about Bill 36 along with the petition and information package (FAQ) that has been prepared in conjunction with the sponsoring MLA John Rustad and is available for download at https://www.cssem.org/bill36

We look forward to your early response.

Thank you,

Dr. Arun Garg, DOBC Past-President 1993/1994

Dr. Derryck Smith, DOBC Past-President 1996/1997

Dr. James Lane, DOBC Past-President 1998/1999

Dr. Ian Courtice, DOBC Past-President 1999/2000

Dr. John Turner, DOBC Past-President 2003/2004

Dr. Brian Day, CMA Past-President 2007/2008

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