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Sohail Gandhi

Just an old country doctor

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

The Whitby-Oshawa Byelection Can Send The Liberals A Message

In the 2010 election the Conservatives had a 15 per cent plurality over the Liberal candidate. In 2014, that dropped to about nine per cent. A return to a 15 per cent plurality, or even close to that, would certainly be an indication that Ms. Wynne's government is getting progressively more unpopular.
02/05/2016 05:50 EST
It's Time For Canadian Physicians To

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
How Important Is Patient Satisfaction In Health

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 06:59 EST
The Prescription For Primary Care Isn't More

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
Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Are Starting To Affect Vulnerable

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Are Starting To Affect Vulnerable Patients

Wynne and Hoskins are simply referring to this as a "modest reduction" in physician income. People like myself, who warned that it's actually some of the targeted fee reductions that will cause more harm, were told we were fear mongering. Unfortunately, it appears that I was right, and the harm to the residents of Ontario is only beginning.
11/24/2015 04:45 EST
Nurses Are Not Getting The Respect They

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
It's Time To End The War On Drugs In

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
Ontario Needs More Doctors And Nurses, Not

Ontario Needs More Doctors And Nurses, Not Bureaucrats

In Ontario, we are burdened with a bloated, ineffective, demoralized health care bureaucracy. Kathleen Wynne and Eric Hoskins solution to this? Lay off nurses and start a fight with doctors. Franz Kafka couldn't have come up with something this convoluted.
10/26/2015 12:06 EDT
Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Will Leave Vulnerable Patients

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Will Leave Vulnerable Patients Suffering

Recently, a lot of media have been reporting on the dispute between Ontario's doctors and the Liberal government headed by Kathleen Wynne, and her Health Minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins. But what is lost in the shuffle is that in addition to the across the board fee reductions, there are a number of targeted fee cuts that have significant implications for patient care going forward.
10/13/2015 05:18 EDT
Dear Eric Hoskins - Please Return to Good Faith

Dear Eric Hoskins - Please Return to Good Faith Negotiations

Dr. Hoskins, you in particular have been very fortunate to have worked in many positions where you could be in charge, and set you own terms. While you clearly understand the hard work, dedication and passion it takes to get through medical school and residency, I don't think you appreciate the frustration that comes when, after all that, your voice is not accepted when you advocate for your patients.
10/08/2015 08:15 EDT