Yet More Pharmacists Who Don't Understand Ethics: This Time Ontario
September 9, 2005
Reproduced with permission
The Ontario Health Professions Regulatory
Advisory Council ("HPRAC") is holding hearings with
respect to a variety of health professional groups.
One of these is the Pharmacists and Pharmacy
technicians. Information on this and the various
submissions made to this body may be viewed at:http://www.hprac.org/english/pageDisplay.asp?webDocID=5176#pharmacy
On March 22, 2005 the Ontario College of
Pharmacists made a submission to the HPRAC.
Appendix 5 of this submission dealt with the
Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and Pharmacy
Technicians. . .
Most interesting is Principle 4 which states:
"The pharmacist and pharmacy
technician respects the autonomy, individuality and
dignity of each patient and provides care with
respect for human rights and without discrimination.
No patient shall be deprived of pharmaceutical
services because of the personal convictions or
religious beliefs of a pharmacist or pharmacy
Well, go figure. For pharmacists and pharmacy
technicians the accommodation of religious belief
and conscience guaranteed by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be
suspended should this principle go ahead as drafted.
This is not the approach taken by doctors and theCanadian
Medical Association would not endorse this blunt
and unfair kind of principle. Why are Pharmacists
deemed to be so different as citizens or
professionals that they cannot exercise the full
rights of other citizens and professionals? Why
There are some by invitation only "focus groups"
going ahead this month in Sudbury and Windsor and
Ottawa but the deadline for comment has passed. It
might be possible, however, for concerned
individuals or groups to make an appearance and
express their views.
If you go tothis
site, you can find out information on who to
contact to make a submission.
But the dates for the focus groups are as follows
and here is the information below.
September 13, 2005 - Sudbury
September 14, 2005 - Ottawa
September 20, 2005 - Windsor
For further information please contact:
Karen Lane, Consultation Co-ordinator
416-325-8928 / toll free 1-888-377-7746
Needless to say, all those concerned with the
freedom of expression and belief and the autonomy of
citizens (not just health care users but providers
as well) ought to be concerned about this unfair and
likely unconstitutional approach taken by yet
another group of pharmacists. Just where did these
people learn their ethics and who is advising them
as to the law in Canada?
It is time that they dug a little deeper and
examined why the doctors do not take the same narrow
and frankly totalitarian view of professional