November 17, 2016 – With the Ontario Liberal Government defiantly pushing through its health Bill 41 at Queen’s Park, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton has been vocal in her criticism, calling the goals of the legislation “unconscionable” and suggesting it is a tool for the Ontario Health Ministry to begin rationing Ontarians access to care and to treatments.
Dr. Fullerton joined with medical physicians in Ottawa this past week to lead a protest against the Wynne Government’s harmful legislation – see media here. She also has posted “Ontarians should be wary of Bill 41” on Dr. Merrilee Fullerton on Health Care, a highly followed blog among Ontario medical community.
In this article, she writes: “Bill 41 entrenches a heavy-handed, top down health system… It is truly unconscionable – even for this Wynne Government and Health Minister Eric Hoskins.” READ ARTICLE HERE.
Dr. Fullerton cites two fundamental grievances with the legislation. First, it is an invasion of patient privacy, with the Ministry of Health driving a wedge between the sacrosanct, confidential patient-physician relationship. To be clear, Bill 41 will allow for government bureaucracy to have unprecedented access to Ontarian’s medical records. Second, the legislation increases Ontario’s bulging health bureaucracy with yet more administrators, which will take directly from the budget for front line health workers.
“Bill 41 does nothing for patients’ care,” says Dr. Fullerton. “The Minister expanding his power is a terrible affront to Ontarians’ privacy. And the proposed new layers of bureaucracy come at a direct cost to patients and their care.”
“Kathleen Wynne and this provincial Liberal Government are doing irreparable damage to Ontario’s health care system, as they have to our energy policies and our province’s finances. Wynne and her harmful ways must go.” READ MORE HERE.
A coalition of medical doctors in Ontario – Concerned Ontario Doctors – have initiated a petition against the Wynne Government and Health Minister Eric Hoskins, which can be signed on-line HERE. The petition states:
There are five things about Bill 41 that deeply concern me as a patient:
Dr. Fullerton is urging Ontarians to sign the petition and to speak out against the passage of Bill 41. “This is harmful legislation that must be stopped. I hope the Government will listen to the legitimate concerns of doctors and patients in this Province and rip up Bill 41,” she says.
Merrilee Fullerton is a candidate running for the nomination of the Ontario P.C. Party in the new riding of Kanata-Carleton.
Dr. Merrilee Fullerton