An Ontario doctor is in hot water after saying his staff were doing a good job at diagnosing patients with a form of brain cancer but were doing so without proper medical training.
Dr. Daniel R. Gagnon told CBC News that his hospital’s orthopedist and his neurosurgeon were doing what is called a “diagnosis based on the patient’s physical symptoms.”
He said that’s the process of assessing the patient based on physical symptoms, but did not explain what it was.
Dr Gagnons office was besieged with complaints and inquiries, which prompted him to step down in February.
In a statement to CBC News, Dr Gagnón said he was not aware of any specific guidelines to follow to do the right thing when diagnosing a patient with a potentially dangerous condition.
He said the standard practice in his practice is to start with a physical examination and make an initial diagnosis.
“This is how our office doctors have always done their work.
We never take a patient’s symptoms lightly,” Dr Gaccone said.
In the video below, CBC News talks to a patient who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and has a hard time making decisions for her life.