Important Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 16th 2011 – please do not miss the opportunity to comment. The Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy has.
Over the past several weeks, there has been a lot of interest(see here, here, here, and here) generated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s new draft policy entitled “Non-Allopathic Therapies in Medical Practice“, and CASS at CFI Canada has been encouraging people to comment on the policy by filling out the CPSO survey available here.
CASS received good news this week in the form of an email from the Canadian Medical Association, the group that advocates for MD’s across Canada. In response to the analysis by CASS on the new policy that we forwarded to most of the specialist organisations and advocacy groups in Canada, the CMA sent us this message:
“On behalf of the CMA, thank you very much for your letter. Mr. Owen Adams, Vice-President, Health Policy and Research at the CMA, has confirmed that we are making a submission and that we will essentially be making these points.”
This was great news, as the CMA is a leading voice in both current best practices for doctors and public health policy. The fact that the CMA apparently agrees with our assessment of the CPSO’s policy on non-conventional medicine — specifically that the document is a wishy-washy appeal to neutrality that does little to protect patients from unproven treatments while muzzling doctors from giving their opinions on these treatments — should send up red flags at the CPSO. Those working on this new policy have focused too much on a false eqivalence in order to remain non-judgemental when in fact we look to licenced physicians to use their strong scientific judgement when prescribing treatment for their patients.
September 1st 2011, tomorrow, is the deadline for public comment on the new policy. As is evident from the recent update to the comment page, professionals and members of the public have taken notice of the bad choices made by the CPSO, and we need to tell them firmly that their policy could lower the standard of care for people who get sick in Ontario. Please fill out the survey and make a difference.
Update, Aug 31, 14:00:
This just in, from the organisation representing Allergists, the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology:
“We share many of the concerns outlined by the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism, of the Centre for Inquiry, in their letter of August 13, 2011, and we hope you have taken their concerns to heart. Most importantly, we agree the CPSO has, in their apparent efforts at diplomacy, suggested a “false equivalence” between conventional and non-conventional medical approaches, resulting in tremendous ambiguity completely open to misinterpretation. We believe the standard of care in this evidence-based, scientific era should and must be higher, and that the CPSO draft policy as worded would offer a disservice to both their member physicians, and the public interest they are mandated to protect.”