The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) describes its mandate as follows: “To serve and protect the public interest by regulating the practice of the profession and governing in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act.”
Despite this, the CPSO has evolved so that its focus has become more about protecting physicians than patients. It is perhaps natural that doctors tend to believe that their colleagues always do the right thing. Sadly, not all doctors are careful and responsible all the time, and some doctors routinely act in ways that harm their patients. Sometimes, doctors cause extreme harm and death. The CPSO has shown itself ineffective in identifying and taking action against members in such cases. Consequently, we believe that the public is not being adequately protected, and we believe that the CPSO must be replaced as the body responsible for monitoring and taking disciplinary action where physicians are failing to meet safe practice standards.