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'Public has the right and the responsibility to be heard'to the editor,
Posted January 27, 2014
Thank you, Mr Lawrence, for your comments about the SMH
ophthalmology situation. When I read the story in the local paper, I
was equally taken aback by the comments attributed to the chair of the
SMH board, John Swinden.
His arrogance lay not only in believing that the local folks
do not have the knowledge to understand the complexities involved in
making funding allocation decisions at SMH, but extends to the concept
Yes, the people, tax payers, have the right to know how tax
money is spent. Further, the chair of the board along with all the
board members should be reminded that they have accepted to be the
stewards of our hospital and this role does include open accountability.
If Dr Khan remains unsuccessful in obtaining continued
financial and moral support for his surgical program at SMH, he is to
be thanked for the work he has done to date and he should not be
browbeaten by the chair of the board.
Dr Khan joined SMH in 2006 at the time when SMH was struggling
to keep its obstetrics department open. In 2007, that board of
directors resigned en masse, along with two senior administrators, and
was replaced by a ministry appointed supervisor, Mark Rochon, until a
new board was assembled. This is how SMH became the farm team for
Southlake senior management.
The public has the right and the responsibility to be heard
especially when the elected board of directors is perceived as not
listening and not responding effectively. We should learn from history
and not repeat it.
The mayor of New Tecumseth should also be held accountable for
this public display at town council involving Dr Khan and Mr Swinden.