Death threats to healthcare workers

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PAOV — “It’s staggering to see public health personnel quit their jobs and being subjected to death threats during a pandemic.” Dr. Iris Gorfinkel is demanding the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario revise the protections in place for its members after the College failed to inform both the RCMP and an Ottawa doctor of a death threat. Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, a physician who has been a vocal advocate for and supporter of the COVID-19 vaccine, was the target of a death threat sent to the College, but she was not informed of the letter for a week and a half. Dr. Gorfinkel will meet with the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Monday - you can show your support in this critical moment by signing the petition now.

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We are writing to express a grave concern in the manner in which a complaint filed against Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth was handled by the CPSO.

The College failed to act decisively to protect one of its members from a complainant who by any reasonable measure was perpetrating a hate crime. Words such as “Nazi” and “slut” are totally unacceptable, and under any pretexts.

The complainant also had threatened to kill Dr. Kaplan-Myrth. Rather than immediately inform Dr. Kaplan-Myrth that she was in grave danger, the CPSO elected to inform her eleven days after they’d received the letter thereby placing her, her staff and her family at serious risk.

At no time did the CPSO inform the RCMP; rather, they suggested that she inform the RCMP.

It is for these reasons, we request that the CPSO:

1. Apologize to Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth for its delay in informing her of serious threats and for its inaction to ensure her protection

2. Draft and publically adopt a zero-tolerance policy to protect its membership from complainants who use language that is hateful, racist, misogynistic, or anti-Semitic.

A zero-tolerance policy isn’t simply about protecting physicians. It’s very much about protecting the public. When any individual is threatened using such language, everyone in that civilized society is threatened as well.

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