For any ethical medical service, what physician would set out to make an “ineffective referral”?
Dr. Will Johnston, M.D.
“Effective referral” – what a bland phrase. Yet the Nova Scotia the Ontario Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons have adopted this euphemism to mean “removing your discretion as to whether to send a suicidal patient to a doctor who would have no compunctions about killing them if some basic criteria are present.”
For any ethical medical service, what physician would set out to make an “ineffective referral”? An imaginary referral? A recreational referral? On the other hand, what kind of physician would force a colleague to do something they believed to be wrong?
No, “effective referral” is, in our current Troubles, the code phrase for “compulsory referral.”
“Effective referral” is a red flag, useful for identifying those who find it inconvenient that Section 2 of the Charter talks about freedom of conscience and religion.
“Effective referral” is a flashing blue light duct-taped to the heads of College officials and academics who feel competent to remake the ethics of medicine in their own image.
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