Radical ideology is arguably even more advanced in Canadian health care than it is in the United States. The latest proof: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons may force medical students to learn more about “anti-racism” than actual medicine. Canadian health care is on the fast track to racial division and discrimination.
The Royal College’s proposal is astounding. It concerns CanMEDS, the framework for physician training that will be updated in 2025. The Royal College’s anti-racism working groups states it wants “a new model of CanMEDS” that “would seek to centre values such as anti-oppression, anti-racism and social justice, rather than medical expertise.” [Emphases added.] In other words, treating patients’ medical conditions is less important than treating them as oppressors or victims.
Do No Harm senior fellow Dr. Roy Eappen, a practicing endocrinologist in Montreal, has made clear the stakes:
I am quite concerned by the new DEI proposals of the Royal College. Patients expect competence from their physicians in diagnoses and treatment. They expect compassion and a thorough knowledge of their field and the emerging knowledge in their fields. The Royal College has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and upholding the profession. The new proposals seem to abrogate that tradition of excellence. We do not do our patients or our profession any favours by taking our eyes off the real goal of patient care and wellness.
Dr. Eappen is not alone. We’ve heard from many Canadian medical professionals who are deeply concerned about the coming corruption of their country’s health care. If that describes you, please consider signing the following statement from Do No Harm:
“Medical expertise is the only acceptable foundation of medicine. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons should immediately reject any proposal to replace or water down medical training with political ideology, including anti-oppression, anti-racism, and social justice. The health of every Canadian hangs in the balance.”
If you’re a Canadian medical professional who would like to sign this statement, please see below.
And please consider submitting an official comment on the CanMEDS proposal. Responses are due by December 31, 2023. Canadian patients are counting on you.
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