Ontario docs are leaving – patients have trouble finding good doctors

{August 23, 2013}   HEAD COVERING HEADACHE – Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja

Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja, an emergency room physician at the McGill University Health Centre poses for a photograph in Montreal, Wednesday, August 21, 2013. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja, an emergency room physician at the McGill University Health Centre poses for a photograph in Montreal, Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)



Doctor warns Quebec: You’ll lose us with headwear ban

on August 21, 2013 for The Canadian Press
MONTREAL | A physician from Quebec’s Sikh community says healthcare workers like himself would likely be forced to leave the province if the government bans public employees from wearing religious symbols in the workplace.
A recent media report published leaked details of the controversial Parti Quebecois proposal _ saying it would prohibit people like doctors, teachers and public-daycare workers from donning turbans, kippas and hijabs at work.
Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja wears a turban as part of his faith and he says the PQ’s controversial “Charter of Quebec Values” would drive away people from the Sikh, Jewish and Muslim communities.
The emergency-room doctor says this type of legislation could have a significant impact on hospital wait times in Montreal because many resident physicians in the city come from Middle Eastern countries and wear hijabs.
The Montreal-born Saluja says the young doctors would choose other provinces over Quebec if they didn’t feel welcome here.
The PQ minority government hopes to win votes by championing a “secularism” plan that polls have suggested has considerable support in the province.
The government says it expects to present the charter this fall _ although it’s not clear yet that the plan will get support from the opposition, who hold a majority of seats in the legislature.
Saluja was raised in Quebec and says he doesn’t believe such a policy would ever pass in Quebec because he has never known it to be a closed-minded place.
According to the leaked details in a tabloid newspaper, the proposal would let culturally specific hospitals _ like Montreal’s Jewish General _ seek an exemption.
The same newspaper has interviewed hijab-wearing day-care workers who say they would quit their jobs if forced to choose between their religious beliefs and their work.
Quebec has been bleeding residents to other provinces for decades, with net losses in migration that have diminished the province’s economic and political clout.
Its political weight consisted of 27 per cent of the House of Commons seats in the late 1970s, is 24 per cent today, and will drop to 23 per cent in the next federal election.






By all means, these docs can  be as religious as they please.  I wouldn’t dream of depriving them of their right to wear their “religious symbols.”.  Personally, the neck and facial hair mess doesn’t appeal to me on a physician. However, as these docs are easily identified, I can just as easily avoid them and exercise my right to seek out a “Western” physician who will suit me better “culturally”. The “religious” docs will be left mostly to treat their own and everyone should be happy. The large Sikh population in Brampton (Ontario) would welcome Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja  with open arms.


In an ER setting certain religious symbols could be a problem. Could I   –   a patient   –   who finds the abundant neck and facial hair on this fierce-looking physician unprofessional, unappetizing and unhygienic   –   request to be treated by another doc without danger of being called racist?
Patients will look for a physician they can “identify” with. That’s not “racism”  




India — which never tires of accusing the rest of the world of being racist and anti-black or brown — is probably one of the most prejudiced places on earth  . –  one only has to look at  its caste system and matriomonial ads with requests for “fair skin” partners.
“Wheatish” or “fair” complexion requested!       Those poor, darker skinned young men and women!   Racism follows them from India all the way to Canada.  Indians are brutal, yet quick to condemn and accuse the West of racism.


Dr. Sanjeet Singh Saluja (CP)

Would you feel comfortable with this man as your doctor?

Dr. S.  looks like any one of the thousands of cab drivers in major Canadian  cities, and some are definitely better dressed, wearing crisply starched shirts.This physician’s  abundant neck and facial hair  –  too much to be covered by a surgical mask  –   is inappropriate and unhygienic in an ER setting.


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