Wednesday, June 1, 2005

If you get shot in Ontario, they just might obtain a search warrant and raid your house for marijuana

It's Comrade Kwinter again.

Gunshot wound report bill passes

Gunshot victims arriving at any Ontario health-care facility will now be reported to police under provincial legislation passed yesterday.

Ontario is the first province to force medical officials to report patients who have been shot.

The law formalizes an informal policy on reporting gunshot injuries for all medical facilities including hospitals, walk-in clinics and family practices.

Prior to the legislation, hospitals had a varied approach to reporting such injuries and feared violating rules dictating patient-doctor confidentiality, Community Safety Minister Monte Kwinter said.

"Most people just assume that that happens -- but it doesn't," Kwinter said.

Kwinter said the law could trigger similar law in other provinces.
What purpose can be served by requiring medical staff to report victims of gunshots? This entails that medical staff are required to submit the names of even conscious individuals seeking care for gunshot wounds who would not necessarily simultaneously seek the services of the police.

Although the status of victim is highly valued here in this country, it doesn't come without a price attached. The implicit 'reasoning' here seems to be that, generally speaking, people who are shot will desire the services of the police and so report the incident. If its not reported, it's black market crime or an incident between individuals who would rather resolve the conflict on their own.

Community watch dog Comrade Kwinter's involved, so vassal beware. Let's take a trip back to 2004:
Hydro utilities in Ontario may soon have the power to cut off electricity to suspected marijuana grow operations without any warning to the home's occupants. Community Safety Minister Monte Kwinter had spoken yesterday of planned legislation this fall that would give hydro and other inspectors the power to enter homes.

But after a cabinet meeting, Kwinter told reporters he wouldn't do that after all.

Instead, he said, hydro companies would be able to immediately cut power if they believed electricity was being used to grow pot plants indoors.

"Someone will be able to cut off your power without telling you about it, without notice, because we think you're doing something illegal," Kwinter said.
Guilty until proven innocent in the name of public safety. Back to 2005 BC:
The law will protect health-care facilities, allowing administrators to identify patients without worrying about violating privacy rights, Kwinter said.

Doctors, nurses and other medical staff must verbally report the names of people who are treated for gunshot wounds to local police as soon as possible.

But Kwinter said they won't have to restrain victims before officers arrive.
Thanks Kwinter for not requiring that patients seeking treatment be chained to their beds. Monopolies are a-okay, so long as the enlightened are in control. Patient confidentiality is on its way out to the tune of "it's in your best interest."


The Mayor said...

And the wheels on the truck go 'round and 'round.


Ian Scott said...

This is awesome, really. They are on the way to helping us make us all to expensive to govern.

You know what is next? All wounds must be reported to the police. Maybe it was a knife wound. A stabbing attempt. Or an attempt at taking our own lives.

Let's keep the cops in the hospitals so the rest of us can get on with our own lives.

Awesome! I'd like to suggest that Monte goes much much further!

If I ever have an embarrasing wound, that I don't want to be questioned about, I know there will be an underground medical establishment I can support instead of Monte's dominion.

Cut me, Lisa :P