Medical whistle-blower protection lacking

Shuchman, Miriam
June 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/3/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 12, p1529
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the lack of protection for whistle-blowing doctors against retaliation after taking a stand on behalf of their patients. Typically, whistle-blowers are vulnerable for retaliations after they expose the wrong doings of others. However, in counties and states like California, hospitals can be fined for taking retaliatory actions, while some argue that such protection should be systematic throughout Canadian medicine. This argument is supported by the experience of Alberta family physician Dr. John O'Connor who has been dragged in controversy due to his suspicion that development of the tar sands is linked to higher rates of cancer in the Northern Alberta town of Fort Chipewyan where he works.


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