Accountability: September 2010 Archives
Wednesday September 29, 2010
On my way to Sept-Iles to interview the doctors who threatened to resign to stop Terra Ventures from exploring for uranium, I swung my Montreal to chat with Dr. Yves Lamontagne, President of the Quebec College of Physicians. His candid comments on the doctors' threat to resign made it into the Sept-Iles documentary.
But the good doctor and I had a much longer chat about the dos and don'ts of political activism in La Belle Province. You can listen to our bonus conversation by clicking on the audio link below.
Dr. Lamontagne has had a storied medical career. A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Lamontagne has served both the public and the medical profession well in Quebec. He is an author and is also a quite the crooner, with a successful singing career on the side. In October, Dr. Yves Lamontagne steps down from the College to pursue his many other interests.
We wish him a satisfying transition.
Categories: Accountability, Blog Archives, Green Health Care, Health Professionals, Law & Ethics, Policy & Regulation
Wednesday September 29, 2010
We had our usual high volume response to last week's show on MDs who are political activitists.
Mary-Sue Haliburton of Nepean, Ontario writes:
"Dear Dr. Goldman, thank you for your extremely thoughtful presentation of the Quebec uranium issue and the individual and collective aspects of medical professional opinion in the debate in the public debate over the incipient mine. There's a very real danger of contaminating the water supply. As some residents pointed out, they would not want to raise their children in those circumstances. I commend the doctors for standing up and objecting to uranium mining."
Dr. Peter Ross of Montreal said there are other stories in Quebec that merit a dose of MD activism. "Dear Brian, I used to practice emergency medicine like you. I have changed careers and am now studying environmental science. I loved your show today about the Sept-Iles doctors. Even more worrisome is shale gas drilling in Quebec and the widespread contamination of our watershed. It's our privilege to practice and our duty to protect."
It's a duty not all of us make the time for. The fact some physicians, nurses and other health professonals are willing to put their jobs on the line for their principles is something that merits our admiration.
Categories: Accountability, Family Medicine, Green Health Care, Health Professionals, Law & Ethics
Friday September 24, 2010
You've probably heard it said it's impossible to fire a doctor, but have you ever wondered: what would it take to make one quit? Turns out a major threat to the health of your town.
This week on White Coat, Black Art we spend some time with a group of doctors from a small town up - way up - in northern Quebec. When they caught wind of a plan to move in a uranium mine, they threatened to go.
Then from revolutionary to evolutionary...we talk to an Alberta physician who's spent years learning the art and craft of political activism in the cause of injury prevention. He's got some stories to tell, and some hard-won do's and don'ts to share.
Click on the button over there on the right to download the podcast, or listen to the show now:
Categories: Accountability, Blog Archives, Family Medicine, Health Professionals, Law & Ethics, Past Episodes
- December 2011
- November 2011
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- Thu., 30 – WCBA in the Summer: Boundaries Part One
- Wed., 22 – Sleepy Residents Mailbag
- Thu., 16 – Unifinished Business Show Mailbag
- Wed., 15 – Getting Past Vaccine Skepticism
- Mon., 13 – Medical Deans Who Plagiarize Should Resign
- Thu., 9 – Mental Health Show Mailbag
- Tue., 7 – For Whom the Patient Call Bell Tolls
- Fri., 3 – Mental Health Show
- Wed., 1 – Diseases That Get No Respect Mailbag
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- Thu., 31 – Older Doctors Mailbag
- Tue., 29 – Taking Better Care of Seniors in the ER
- Fri., 18 – Older Doctors Show
- Thu., 17 – Concierge Mailbag
- Wed., 16 – Does Your Doctor Check Your Medical Tests?
- Thu., 10 – Breaking Up Mailbag
- Fri., 4 – A Leaky Medical Gadget?
- Tue., 1 – Rrrrroll Up the Rrrrrim to Live?
- February 2011
- January 2011
- December 2010
- November 2010
- October 2010
- September 2010
- August 2010
- July 2010
- Mon., 26 – MDs at the Root of Big Pharma's Influence
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