Regulator rejects complaints against Toronto doctor who called for gun ban after Danforth shooting

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Ontario’s medical regulator has ruled that dozens of complaints against a trauma surgeon who treated Danforth Avenue shooting victims in Toronto, and advocated for stricter gun laws, appear to be a politically motivated attempt to silence her.

Dr. Najma Ahmed is behind a group calling for a national ban on private ownership of handguns, assault rifles

Dr. Najma Ahmed is a trauma surgeon at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a founding member of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns, a group calling for a national ban on private ownership of handguns and assault rifles.  (Albert Leung/CBC)

Ontario’s medical regulator has ruled that dozens of complaints against a trauma surgeon advocating for stricter gun laws appear to be a politically motivated attempt to silence her.

Dr. Najma Ahmed, who treated victims of a fatal mass shooting in Toronto last summer, received a letter from the complaints committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that said it wouldn’t be taking any further action over the matter.

The letter, obtained by The Canadian Press, calls the complaints an abuse of process and says the college’s procedures should not be used to advance a political agenda or “silence or intimidate” physicians.

Ahmed is a founding member of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns, a group calling for a national ban on private ownership of handguns and assault rifles. 

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Another group, the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, had encouraged its supporters to file official complaints to the college about Ahmed’s advocacy work. 
The doctors’ group, which considers gun control a public health issue, said in March that more than 70 complaints were sent to the college about Ahmed but that the regulator had decided not to investigate them. 

Read more at CBC.ca

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