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Sohail Gandhi

Just an old country doctor

University of Toronto Medical School, Class 1990
Chief Resident 1991
Certificante of College of Family Physicians of Canada 1992
Medical Staff Executive, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital 1993-1996
Chief of Family Practice, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital 1996-1999
Coroner for Ontario 2001 - ongoing
Fellowship in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2002
Founding Physician Georgian Bay Family Health Network 2004
Chair of Board, Georgian Bay Family Health Team - 2007-2013
Academic appointments - University of Toronto (Lecturer in Medicine), McMaster University (Assistant Clinical Professor), Queen's University (Assistant Clinical Professor).
Winner - Regional Family Physician of the Year (Ontario College of Family Physicians) - 2011
Winner - Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award - 2013
Section of General and Family Practice Executive, OMA - 2016 to current
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How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The OMA

The General Meeting was the result of extremely tenacious activism on the part of the Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) group, co-led by Dr. Nadia Alam and Dr. Kulvinder Gill. However, the OMA corporation, couldn't hold off the relatively sparsely funded COD, and in an epic piece of medical history, could barely garner 37 per cent of the vote of the membership in favour of their proposed agreement.
08/16/2016 01:25 EDT
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Ontario Health-Care Cuts Are History Repeating Itself

Back in the mid-1990s, the Ontario Provincial Government found itself in a bitter dispute with Ontario physicians. Back then, the government tried to frame the dispute as one that was solely based on physician compensation. Fast forward to 2016.
04/11/2016 11:44 EDT
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Desperation Is Setting In For The Ontario Liberals

Rather than show real leadership and work with physicians, the Liberals, desperate to increase their popularity and to cover up their mismanagement of the health-care system, have chosen to vilify the one group of people that could reasonably have helped not only them, but the people of Ontario, in improving the health-care system.
03/28/2016 01:54 EDT
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It's Time To Eliminate Ontario's Costly And Ineffective LHINs

In times of restraint like these, Health Minister Hoskins and Premier Wynne need to stop spending money on organizations like LHINs that have served no useful purpose for the general public in over 10 years of existence. The funds need to be re-dedicated to front-line health care so that we can address the growing needs of the populace.
02/22/2016 01:59 EST
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It's Time For Canadian Physicians To Unionize

For many decades, physicians themselves have resisted unionization. There's never been an article written on why, but my sense is that for whatever reason, they felt unions were "beneath" them somehow as professionals. I've also had more senior physicians express to me concerns about a loss of independence if one were in a union.
01/18/2016 04:15 EST
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How Important Is Patient Satisfaction In Health Care?

One of the benchmarks that Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins would like to study is patient satisfaction. There are various metrics that he's proposed, including ability to access family physicians within 48 hours, and of course how satisfied patients are with their care. This is all part of wanting health care to be more "patient centred." One would think that if you have a better health-care outcome, you're going to have more satisfied patients. Somewhat surprisingly, however, real world data around this very topic shows that the opposite, is in fact, true.
01/11/2016 11:59 EST
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The Prescription For Primary Care Isn't More Bureaucracy

Alleging the need to improve certain primary care metrics, Hoskins' paper rolls out a basis for a "discussion" and "engagement process" that is based on the Price Report. However, what's clear is that not only is Hoskins acting in a duplicitous manner, he hasn't actually looked at what patients want.
12/23/2015 11:46 EST
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Nurses Are Not Getting The Respect They Deserve

Without a doubt, the ones that help me the most are the many wonderful nurses that I have worked with over the years. Without the help of these hard working people, who often have to carry out the most menial and unpleasant tasks, there is simply no way that my patients could get the care they deserve. This is why the current treatment of nurses by the Ontario Government is so appalling and offensive to me.
11/09/2015 05:27 EST
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It's Time To End The War On Drugs In Canada

I was a true believer in the war on drugs, but at the end of the day, as a physician, I have believe in an evidenced-based approach. The evidence shows that incarceration doesn't work, and decriminalization with offers of treatment do. It's time to ignore dogma and act in the best interests of Canadians. It's time to end this war.
11/03/2015 11:32 EST