Alberta Health Services removed proposal for discrimination investigator from report on women in medical leadership
2019-06-17 from here&theglobeandmail.com;
Alberta Health Services deleted a key recommendation that called for an independent investigator to review incidents of discrimination from a report on the experience of women in medical leadership, says a physician who was an adviser on the study.
Carrie Kollias said the edited report released by the provincial health agency also deleted narratives from female physicians about instances of discrimination and harassment that they faced while working in provincial facilities.
“Keep in mind that this report was initially requested under the premise of giving women a voice," Dr. Kollias, an orthopaedic surgeon and one of the nine female physicians on an advisory group contributing to the project, wrote in an e-mail to Alberta Health Services (AHS) and released to The Globe and Mail.
“To see the original report rewritten is particularly offensive and duplicitous.”
Alberta Health Services, the provincewide health authority, launched a working group in 2017 to review the experience of women in medical leadership. Women are underrepresented in medical leadership in Alberta: They account for 37 per cent of all physicians employed by AHS but hold only 26 per cent of the 891 physician leadership roles, including positions such as medical directors and associate medical directors for different zones in the province.
The project was led by Vanessa Maclean, an Edmonton physician who collected data through an online survey of AHS physician leaders, focus groups and interviews with physician leaders.
An advisory group, including Dr. Kollias, participated and provided input for the review.
Dr. Maclean submitted a 113-page draft to AHS in February, 2018. The draft included a recommendation for a third-party ombudsperson who could assess and advise on incidents of discrimination and harassment.
The original report also detailed stories from female physicians about their treatment within the health authority, Dr. Kollias said. Dr. Maclean declined to comment and directed questions to AHS.
But the public report, which was posted online 11 months later, on a Friday before Christmas, left those stories out, as well as the recommendation for the ombudsperson.
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