Sohail Gandhi
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

Entries by Sohail Gandhi

Health Care Has Crumbled Under Eric Hoskins' Watch

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2017 | 12:58 PM

Recently, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins introduced Bill 87, a.k.a. the Protecting Patients Act. Its goal is one that no right-thinking person could disagree with, namely to identify and punish health-care professionals who sexually abuse patients. The problem is that it is sloppily written, hastily put together to...

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Ontario's Health Care Priorities Are All Wrong

(8) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 11:07 AM

"Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism."
- Mary McCarthy 

Last week, two health care stories in the news that got relatively little attention illustrated exactly what is wrong with the direction health care is taking in Ontario, under the leadership of its hapless...

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The Truth Behind Ontario Medical Association's Mass Resignation

(32) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 10:58 AM

Recently, the entire executive of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) resigned. I was not going to write about it. My personal feeling was that internal OMA issues should stay internal. The public doesn't care who the executive of the OMA is. The public wants a health-care system that...

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Patient Demand For Health Care Is Eric Hoskins' Biggest Problem

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 12:05 PM

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins has many big problems on his hands. He's locked in a protracted dispute with Ontario's doctors. He's got angry nurses to deal with. His own health-care bureaucrats have given him dismal approval ratings. He's got to support a premier...

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More Discord Between Ontario Physicians And Province

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2016 | 2:06 PM

For Christmas, all Ontario doctors asked for was a brief respite from the toxic relationship between them and the Ontario Government of Premier Kathleen Wynne. They realized it would be too much to ask for an acceptable Physician Services Agreement (PSA) -- aka a contract -- after three years without...

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We Are Reeling Over The Death Of Our Colleague

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 9:06 AM

"It is not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind." - Aisha Mirza

Last week, physicians in Ontario were stunned to hear that one of their colleagues, who by all accounts was...

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Health City Represents A New Level Of Physician Advocacy

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 10:34 AM

"Don't think outside the box, think like there is no box." - Jo Miller

As many people know, the past two years have seen a significant deterioration in the relationship between Ontario's physicians, and the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne and her health minister, Eric Hoskins....

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Where Are Your Health-Care Dollars Going?

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 3:33 PM

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to be on "The Agenda with Steve Paikin." The topic of the debate was the failed Tentative Physician Services Agreement (tPSA) that was foisted on physicians in a surprise move this past summer. During the course of the debate, Dr. Richard...

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Is Selling Your Health Data The Liberals' Budget-Balancing Plan?

(7) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 2:53 PM

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Health Minister Eric Hoskins. (Photo: Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Last week, Ontario's Liberal Government announced plans to consider monetizing the data stored by eHealth Ontario. In an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne's Business Adviser Ed...

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Why Doesn't Ontario Have ePrescribe?

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 10:07 AM

"Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling."
― Robert A. Heinlein

From 2007 to 2013, it was my pleasure to be the Board Chair of the Georgian Bay Family Health Team. I'm quite proud of the work that was accomplished by the team,...

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Hoskins Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Ontario Doctors

(4) Comments | Posted August 29, 2016 | 11:34 AM

"By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed."
- Sallust (86-35 BC)

It was another tumultuous week in Ontario, as the province's seemingly never-ending battle with its physicians continued. Ontario Medical Association (OMA) President Dr. Virginia Walley sent an open letter to Health Minister Eric...

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How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The OMA

(4) Comments | Posted August 16, 2016 | 1:25 PM

On Sunday, August 14, 2016, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) held an extraordinary general meeting (the first since 1991) to vote on the Tentative Physician Services Agreement (tPSA) negotiated in secret by the OMA Executive, and presented to shocked physicians on July 11th.

The General...

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Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 9:16 AM

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April 23, 2016: About 300 Ontario doctors, their families and supporters gathered at Queen's Park Saturday for a rally and a march to protest cuts and a "crisis in health care." (Photo: Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Last week, the Ontario Medical Association...

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Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians' Billings

(12) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 3:49 PM

"Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken." - Jane Austen

Recently, the Toronto Star has been involved in an ongoing and well-publicized (by them, anyway)...

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I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

(66) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 12:28 PM

Two years ago, former Ontario Medical Assocation (OMA) president Dr. Scott Wooder, wrote a blog post asking employers to not require sick notes. He implored them to simply trust their employees (especially for brief absences) and asked them to recognize that sending a person who had a self-limited...

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Dear Premier Wynne, It's (Still) Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 3:39 PM

The Right Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Premier of the Province of Ontario

Dear Premier Wynne,

Last week, I had written to you and pointed out that you needed to fix health care. I suggested that there were seven steps that you had to take to fix health care, and due...

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Dear Premier Wynne, It's Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

(13) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 9:16 AM

The Right Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Premier of the Province of Ontario

Dear Premier Wynne,

So I hear you are thinking of proroguing the Provincial Parliament, likely as a prelude to a cabinet shuffle in the hopes of raising your incredibly poor poll numbers....

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Marcus Welby Couldn't Handle Today's Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 5:17 PM

Recently, Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason lost his family physician to retirement. In an eloquent post, he reflected on how much he was going to miss his physician of 22 years, and how difficult it was to find himself in the position of not having...

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Eric Hoskins' Latest Attack On Ontario Physicians Falls Flat

(21) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 9:24 AM

On Friday April 22, 2016, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins proved that for the Ontario Liberal party, playing politics is far more important than providing good governance.

In a 20-minute speech, he alleged that the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) wasn't negotiating, and further, singled out what he...

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Ontario Health-Care Cuts Are History Repeating Itself

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 11:44 AM

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. Physicians of course, took the stand that the dispute was actually about how health care...

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