Complaints by gun-rights activists against Toronto surgeon ‘abuse of process,’ regulatory body says
2019-05-15 from theglobeandmail.com
Ontario’s regulatory college for doctors says dozens of complaints lodged against a physician advocating for gun control were a politically motivated attempt to silence her and an abuse of its process.
In a letter to Toronto trauma surgeon Najma Ahmed dated May 7, the complaints committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons said it won’t be taking any further action in regard to about 70 complaints it received about her. The letter says using complaints to advance a political agenda is “inappropriate” and “amounts to an abuse of the college’s process.”
The issue began in February when the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, an advocacy group, started a campaign urging its members to file complaints about Dr. Ahmed, who is a founding member of the group Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns. The CCFR posted step-by-step instructions on how to file complaints and told Dr. Ahmed to “stay in your lane,” echoing the line used by the U.S. National Rifle Association to respond to health providers advocating for gun control.
In March, the regulatory college issued an initial assessment saying it would dismiss the complaints. The complaints committee’s final decision, communicated to Dr. Ahmed last week, says it is “concerning” that she “has been subjected to what appears to be a campaign to dissuade her from voicing her views.”
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