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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Fhaay, June i5, i9 3 iHE LBIHBMVUI HCKAID IV Mixed tveather Temperatures are expected to vary from below nor- mal in most of British Columbia, Quebec and parts of the Atlantic provinces to much above normal in parts of Ontario and the Prairies, according to the 30-day wea- ther forecast of the U.S. Weather Bureau. Precipitation is expected to range from moderate to light for most of the country, but heavy in British Columbia and parts of the Atlantic provinces. This is not a specific forecast and chan- ges may occur. Foster leads delegation EDMONTON (CP) Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, will head a Canadian delegation to a Paris confer- ence on future structures of post-secondary education on an invitation from the federal gov- ernment, it was announced to- day. Joining Mr. Foster will be education Minister Eileen Dail- ly of British Columbia, Ray FUR COAT STORAGE TIME THE LETHBRIDGE FURRIERS PHONE 327-2209 Harvey, deputy minister of con- sducstior1 wan, Jack McNie, Ontario min- ister for colleges and universi- ties, Education Minister Allen Sullivan of Nova Scotia, and Pierre Martin, assistant deputy minister of education for Que- bec. 1Tje Paris conference is an inter-governmental conference sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. The week-long conference begins June 26. Every five-years Report suggests regular tests for doctors QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic. Capitol Furniture Bldg. PHONE 328.7684 By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA if airline pilots have to be tested regularly, then so should doctors prac- ticing medicine in Canada. So concludes Dr. Rocke Rob- ertson, surgeon and former principal of McGill University, in a 230-page background study on health care in Canada. The draft version of the re- port was released by the Sci- ence Council of Canada Wednes- day. In the report, Dr. Robertson calls for a review of the per- formance in medical practice of every doctor in Canada every five years. The review should be done by a regional board consisting of lay members as well as doc- tors. And the board should oper- ate under guidelines established by the government and the col- lege of physicians and services in each province. Those doctors who pass the beard's review should be recer- tified to practice medicine in Canada. Those doctors who fail the board's review should be sub- ject to an even more thorough examination of their work in their office and in their hospi- tals. But the report fails to state what the fate should be for doc- tors wno then fail to meet min- imum standards under this ex- amination? Should they be reprimanded and left to continue practice? Should they have they license taken away? IN FAVOR Dr. Robertson imples that he favors an intermediary step: restriction of practice coupled with rehabilitation, to bring the doctor's skills back up to par. Supposedly, the doctor could then be re-examined and, if he passes, he could then start practicing medicine fully again. The study, which Dr. Rob- ertson originally described when he started it as being "the health care study to end all health care provides a number of arguments in favor of such a periodic review and recertification of doctors Canada. It notes the argument, for ex ample, that doctors must g< through rigorous professiona examinations to qualify to prac tice medicine in the country. why should the post-certifica tion review be so lax a present? It compares the doctor to the airline pilot. Both share similar responsibilities for protecting the lives of passen gers in the case of the pilot, the patients in the case of a doctor. The airline pilot must be tested regularly, to make sure he is practising his skills ade- quately. So why not the doctor! also? The study notes that it is a "reasonable presumption that unless he is constantly re- freshed, a practitioner loses, over a period of time, part of his capacity to practise well." Part of the problems seems to be keeping up his skills to do routine things, as well as the problem of keeping up with ad- vancing medical technology. At present, it take sabout 10 years for half of the existing medical technology to become es fjntially obsolete. But perhaps most relevant is the one study of doctors' skills that has been done in Canada. The study revealed that "the quality of practice of older doc- tors tended to be poorer than that of their younger col- leagues." CAUSE FOR CONCERN And whatever the reason, there is cause for concern about the unknown doctors who are in fact losing part of the medical skills and perhaps endangering patients lives. The Robertson study suggests that the principle of periodic re- view should cover all health professionals, including dentists and nurses. But it only provides specif- it describes as a "starting the review of doctors. The regional review boards should have lay members as well as professionals and should be provided with the following information in reviewing the quality of a doctors practice: for the hospi- tals in which the doctors has worked, including a report from the chief of service or services to which the doctor has admit- ted patients. from special medical practice review com- mittees existing in hospitals, in- cluding ones that perform rou- tine medical audits and make decisions on tissue transplants. of examinatins of a doctor's Medicare profile, the computerized output from pro- vincial Medicare records show- ing the type and quantity of services billed under the plan. statement from the pro- vincial college of physicians and surgeons. If this review should cast no doubt on the doctor's ability to practice, be should then be re- certified, under, the review scheme. But "if there is reasonable doubt" uncovered, then a "full examination of the doctor's work in his office and the hospi- tal should be de- spite the resulting invasion of privacy for doctor and patients. Dr. Robertson said the prin- ciple of "examining' a doctor on the basis of his performance in practice is not only sound, but it "is the only way of Judg- ing a person for such purposes as recertification." 300 SUNGLASSES to ehooM from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX SIMPSONS CORRECTION On page 46 of Wednesday's Herald our ad on Fans the first item 20" Cooler the save and the reg. 18.98 SHOULD NOT HAVE APPEARED The selling price was correct at 14.99 XTST- TT I Send us a Chicken Joke- and you V- in theVUEirta BJUJji CenUrt ENTER NOW Send us a chicken joke (clever or corny) together with a box top. brand name (or facsimile) from any brand of Alberta-grown take-home chicken. You would win a SONY Color TV. Black White TV. Cassette Recorder or Radio! TO: Alberta Broiler Growers P.O. Box 3135. Postal Station 'A' Edmonton. Alberta ADDRESS. j Attached is the eon top. or brand name (or facsimile) from t take-home chicken purchased at i SATURDAY SPECIALS STARTS A.M. SHARP 'ALOHA7 Umbrella and Table Set The set consists of a 6 umbrella and a 32" table. Aloha pattern. T covers are easy care and just wipe clean. 'Aloha' Lounge The matching "Aloha" lounge has a 2" sero- foam mattress for extra comfort. 'Aloha' Swing Set Reg. 4 seater swing thick 3" serofoam seat and back, 2 loose cushions, adjustable back and rustproofing link steel springs. 1 B Aloha Chatrs Reg. each Light aluminum rust-proof frames, fold quickly and easily for convenient carrying, compact storage. Vinyl Cot Reg. A heat seated cot in "Florida" pattern. Rust- proof chrome plated steel frame. Furniture Dept. Camp Cot Reg. 3 legged hinged cot. 3 position foot rest and 4 position back. Washable. Duck cover. Centre Yardqood Remnants REDUCED PRICE Choose from a large selection of fabrics and colours all reduced to clear. Yardgoedt Cooling Fan 2 speed, 20" fan. Reversible, with thermostat. Electrical Appliances Back Pack Child Carrier Reg. Carrier has a sturdy frame and has com- fortable shoulder straps. Sporti Centre Men's Cuff Links Reg. to Vi price cufflinks in assorted colors and styles to choose from. Jewellery Dtpt. Ladies7 Frolic Casuals Reg. pr. Available in beige only and sizes 5 to 10. Family Footwear Premium House and Trim Exterior Oil Base Paint Rag. Faint Dept. Picnic Table Reg. Metal folding picnic table measures in size. Sports Centre Children's Sandals Reg. pr. Stylish children's sandals in brown only. Sizes 11-3. Family Footwear Men's Slacks Reg. to Large assortment of fabrics and styles. Wool and doubleknit. Patterns and plains. Sizes 30-42 collectively. Men's Wear 6' Aluminum Step Ladder Hardware STORE HOURS: Open Daily from a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to 9 p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 ;