Complaints About Cornwall Ontario Doctor & Medical Marijuana AUG 31, 2016

Complaints About Cornwall Ontario Doctor & Medical Marijuana AUG 31, 2016

A Cornwall Ontario doctor may be facing charges from two patients over his refusal to deal with the patient’s request to access medical Marijuana.

CFN has learned that there were two patients in particular with both feeling bullied and one being allegedly “fired” by the doctor after the doctor was said to refuse to release the patient’s file to another medical facility so a prescription could be issued.

One, a senior, stated that they felt intimidated and were worried that they’d lose their doctor.    Having to travel for assistance, as they are a late stage cancer patient seeking relief from pain and side effects of treatment, put extra stress and wear on the patient as well.

weedkitzThere’s a waiting list for most doctors in Cornwall with many still refusing to issue prescriptions locally patients are having to turn to services that bring a person in need of the relief with health professionals willing to assist them.

It is now legal to be prescribed medical Marijuana in Canada, and after the 24th, patients now can actually grow their own  medicinal marijuana or designate someone to grow for them, or purchase from a licensed producer such as Tweed in Smiths Falls Ontario.

Tracey Sobers of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario stated:

With regard to policies that concern the details of your story, I am providing you with links to the following College policies:

  1. Medical Marijuana for Medical Purposes – which sets out expectations for physicians relating to the prescribing of marijuana for medical purposes;
  2. Professional Obligations and Human Rights – which articulates physicians’ professional and legal obligations to provide health services without discrimination. This includes a duty to accommodate individuals who may face barriers to accessing care. The policy also sets out the College’s expectations for physicians who limit the health services they provide due to clinical competence or because of their personal values and beliefs; and
  3. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship clarifies the expectations of physicians when ending the physician-patient relationship, and outlines the actions to be followed in doing so.

 

When reviewing  a complaint, the Inquiries, Investigations and Reports Committee will consider the particular circumstances of the case along with the relevant policies when formulating a decision.

While I am unable to indicate the a specific outcome for a particular type of complaint, there are several possible outcomes as a result of an investigation into a complaint against a physician.  

The information gathered during the investigation is reviewed by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee which will decide to do one of the following:

  • take no action, if the doctor’s conduct or the care provided was appropriate;
  • issue advice or a recommendation, if the Committee believes the doctor would benefit from some guidance to improve his or her conduct or future practice;
  • request that the doctor participate in self-study, with assistance available from the College in developing an educational plan with follow up from the College to ensure the physician has addressed the needs identified;
  • require the doctor to appear before a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee to be cautioned regarding specific aspects of his or her practice, professionalism or conduct  A summary of the decision to caution is posted to the doctor’s profile on the public register. (This information is public for investigations initiated on or after January 1, 2015);
  • request or accept the doctor’s undertaking to improve his or her practice or to restrict his or her practice, which may include education, supervision, and/or monitoring, and may require further evaluation upon completion. The College monitors compliance and the terms of the undertaking are posted to the doctor’s profile on the public register;
  • direct the doctor to complete a specified continuing education remediation program in order to improve skills or change practice. The College monitors compliance and a summary of the decision is posted to the doctor’s profile on the public register. (This information is public for investigations initiated on or after January 1, 2015);
  • request or accept an undertaking from the doctor to resign and to never apply for reinstatement, which is posted to the doctor’s profile on the public register;
  • refer the doctor to a panel of the Committee if there are concerns about the doctor’s health that may be affecting her or his ability to practise;
  • refer the concerns about the doctor to the Discipline Committee; or
  • decide not to investigate because the complaint is frivolous, vexatious, made in bad faith or is an abuse of process.

Patient Access to Records

Patients have a right of access to their personal health information that is in the custody or under the control of a HIC, including any information that has been stamped or indicated as confidential, unless an exception applies. 28 Physicians should consult section 52 of PHIPA for a comprehensive list of such exceptions and should seek the guidance of the CMPA or their legal counsel if unsure about how to respond to a request for access.

Physicians cannot refuse to grant a patient access to their records for the purpose of avoiding a legal proceeding.

If a physician has refused a patient access to his or her record, the patient is entitled to make a complaint to the IPC under subsection 54(8) of PHIPA.

Patient Requests Transfer

If a patient requests that a physician transfer his or her records, the transfer should take place in a timely fashion in order to facilitate continuity of care.

In some circumstances it will be more efficient for the transferring physician to prepare a summary of the records rather than to provide a copy of the entire record. This is acceptable to the College as long as it is acceptable to the receiving physician and the patient. The physician is still obligated to retain the original record, in its entirety, for the time period required by the Regulation.

With changes to the medical landscape as Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana uses and laws are evolving it should be interesting to see how medical professionals adapt.

What do you think dear CFN viewers?  You can post your comments below.

 

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David Oldham
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David Oldham
29 days 12 hours ago

Contact a cannabis consultant. This individual can assist you from start to finish. From locating an ethical physician to growing your own prescription.

Jerry
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Jerry
29 days 4 hours ago

When I asked my family dr. if he would fill out the forms to get my RX, he said he didn’t want anything to do with it and that if I wanted to use illegal drug that “that’s your problem, leave me out of it”. He has no prob giving me hydromorphone and oxycodone though. Found a very good Dr. in Cornwall and was right on board to get me off opiates. Was making my first order from Tweed within 1 week.

Jerry
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Jerry
29 days 4 hours ago

I use cannabis high in CBD about 14%, and very low to zero THC. So I don’t get “high”, but get excellent pain relief, almost numbing effect in my whole body. My hips,lower and mid back are manageable now, so is the arthritis in my knees, fingers,back and neck. And if i’m not mistaken, I don’t harm a single person while medicating with cannabis. Unlike alcoholics.

Jean
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Jean
28 days 15 hours ago

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jules
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jules
28 days 3 hours ago

Jerry I know the pain of arthritis and I am full of it and these past couple of days I developed a lung infection and may have to go to a walk in clinic if it persists. My daughter made me two teas today and my husband put in a shot of whisky. If it continues I will have ot go to the doctor. If I were on weed the jokes coming out of me would not end. LOL LOL. ROLF!

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Hugger1
27 days 13 hours ago

Oh Jules don’t leave yourself open to such jokes “I know the pain of arthritis and I am full of it….” But seriously IMHO doctors should have the option of prescribing medical marijuana or not. It should be left up to the doctor. If they don’t agree with it there are always other options for the patient.

jules
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jules
27 days 11 hours ago

Hugger I am suffering with arthritis and then came a lung infection. I am going to make a herbal tea soon and hubby adds in a teaspoon of whiskey. I cannot lay on my back and the same thing sitting up pressing against the back of a chair or in the car. If this persists I will take OC Transpo cattle cars down to the walk in clinic.

jules
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jules
27 days 11 hours ago

There are some cancer patients who need medical marijuana and also those suffering from arthritis especially when it is advanced. I once worked with a very nice girl here in Ottawa who suffered terribly with arthritis and she was as skinny as a broomstick and suffered so much with that disease. Mom had it and now I have it as well.

jules
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jules
27 days 11 hours ago

Jerry medical marijuana is less harmful than alcohol as long as it is used within reason. Do you know that the founding fathers of the US used canibis? Yes Jerry they sure did and hemp makes excellent rope as well. I am going to go and make myself a herbal tea just now and add in a teaspoon of whiskey to it. I am in pain and if it persists I am taking OC Transpo cattle cars to the Walk In Clin

Jerry
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Jerry
27 days 6 hours ago

Jules, I like to treat respiratory problems with echinacea tea, and like Jamie says Chaga tea. Just google them and read what you(and most people) have been missing out on. Good luck and get better soon.

Furtz
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Furtz
27 days 5 hours ago

I’ve used a combination of self prescribed beer and weed for over fifty years to help me struggle through the trials and tribulations of life. No doctor needed. It’s been working for me just fine.

jules
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jules
26 days 9 hours ago

Jamie and Jerry thank you. I am going to look into that. Yesterday my daughter made me a regular tea and put in some whisky for me and my husband said to me “no more of my whiskey”! I laughed and told him that I never drink (well? only my Irish Cream at Christimas) and I said only for medicinal purpose. I even used a hot water bottle for about an hour to help a bit.

jules
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jules
26 days 9 hours ago

A while ago I couldn’t even open a pop bottle that is how bad my hands are. Yesterday I went to bed at 7:30 and wished that I went even earlier – way too much pain. 7:30? I never go to bed at that hour – gee I think that the birds would have been in shock ot see me go that early.

jules
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jules
26 days 9 hours ago

Jamie my husband saw a creme of some sort advertised on an American channel and he can’t remember the name and saw it in a drugstore here in Ottawa. I am going to have hubby look around for it and give it a try. I am going to go after the hot water bottle again soon and lay down for a while.

Debra Gillet
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Debra Gillet
26 days 5 hours ago

I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Both diseases affect my entire body 24 hours a day. I can’t smoke due to my asthma, so I would need a form of Marijuana in pill form. My doctor won’t prescribe any narcotic, does that mean Marijuana as well? If so, what can I do?

Rose
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Rose
26 days 5 hours ago

When I saw my family doctor and asked him for a prescription for medical marijuana for CBD as I suffer from anxiety-panic and obsessive compulsive disorder and research proved that CBD which is non phycoactive he told me it wouldn’t help, offered more pharmaceutical meds, which I had been on many types over the past few years poorly managing my conditions. I was told no and had to see another doc

David Oldham
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David Oldham
25 days 10 hours ago

Rose…that is all the more reason to contact a cannabis consultant who will take you painlessly through the entire process. Consultants work with other professionals who are educated/ knowledgeable in this area of treatment. There is no doctors “fee”, ethical physicians do not charge for writing a simple prescription.

David Oldham
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David Oldham
25 days 10 hours ago

As of August 25th, 2016 any patient (prescription for cannabis) can apply to Health Canada to grow their own cannabis.

Furtz
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Furtz
25 days 5 hours ago

David, I think that within the next few years, people will be able to grow their own for whatever reason, just like we can make beer and wine at home. Might take a while, but that time is coming. One of the many reasons why the Cons got tossed out last October.

jules
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jules
25 days 5 hours ago

I wasn’t able to come on sooner because I am suffering with my arthritis and my daughter and hubby did my vaccuming. I went to bed early and in pain and tried to rest but can’t. I am going to look into the teas and ointments, etc. this week. Arthritis is very painful.

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