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PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS IN ONTARIO

THERE ARE LESS THAN 60 PRACTICING PODIATRISTS IN THE WHOLE OF ONTARIO.  MANY HAVE BEEN IN PRACTICE FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND ARE NEARING RETIREMENT.  OVER 500 ONTARIO CHIROPODISTS HAPPEN TO BE COHABITATING WITH THEM UNDER THE SAME REGULATORY COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE OF CHIROPODISTS OF ONTARIO UNDER DIFFERENT REGULATIONS WHICH MAKES THEM AN ENIGMA OF SORTS.  UNFORTUNATELY THE ONTARIO CHIROPODISTS CONTINUE TO BE HARASSED BY PETTY ISSUES FROM THE PODIATRISTS.  RECENTLY, ROBERT CHELIN, TORONTO PODIATRIST PERSONALLY PLACED 93 COMPLAINTS ON BEHALF OF THE ONTARIO PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (OPMA) AGAINST ONTARIO CHIROPODISTS.  THIS IS HARDLY A WAY TO BUILD BRIDGES AMONGST OUR TWO PROFESSIONS.  MORE COMPLAINTS WERE LAID BY THE OPMA PRESIDENT MR. BRUCE RAMSDEN AGAINST ONTARIO CHIROPODISTS.  NO WONDER THEY LOST MOST OF THEIR PRACTICE PRIVILEGES IN 1991 FROM THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT.  THEY ARE WORRIED IF SOMEONE WRITES OR SPEAKS THE WORD PODIATRIST OR PODIATRIC MEDICINE.  THEY SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT THE THREAT OUTSIDE OUR PROFESSION.  ALL THE OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE DOING ORTHOTICS, NAIL CARE, ETC.  

HOW MUCH WOULD 60 PODIATRISTS BE MISSED?  CHIROPRACTORS WOULD DO THE ORTHOTICS, NURSES WOULD CUT NAILS, M.D.'S WOULD TAKE CARE OF DIABETIC PATIENTS AND ORTHOPODS WOULD DO THE LITTLE BUNION SURGERY THAT IS NEEDED.  THEY JUST DON'T GET IT.  WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF YOUR PROFESSION OR SINK.  PODIATRISTS WERE UNJUSTLY TREATED BY THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IN 1991, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE FAULT OF THE ONTARIO CHIROPODISTS AS THEY WERE THERE FOR YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.  ONTARIO PODIATRISTS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIER FRUSTRATIONS OUT ON THE CHIROPODISTS OF ONTARIO.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

 

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