SickKids: why is identity-based politics now part of hospital management?

Affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), is “Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country” ( Thanks to Mr. Jonathan Kay, Bambi learned the following about BOTH the SickKids and the City of Toronto:

If the Lebanese hospitals managed to keep identity-based politics and ideologies out of their services, during a 15-year-long cruel civil war, why are both the City of Toronto and SickKids getting into this recipe for a disaster? Don’ t they realize that this slippery slope has the potential to bring divisions, possibly even racism (ironically in the name of anti-racism, whatever the latter means), and mediocrity. So, why are Canadian hospital administrators getting into identity-based politics?

Regardless of the political statement or ideology (this is not the issue here), why don’t teaching hospitals’ administrators keep the focus on ONLY serving patients and their families with excellence and compassion? Aren’t hospitals precisely meant for the latter?

Parents of children with both acute or chronic conditions most likely only expect the best care possible for their younger ones. Had Bambi been a parent of a sick kid in Ontario, the latter would have been her only concern, regardless of the ideology in question. Same logic with services of municipalities, even if their next apparently noble ideology will focus on short people with curly hair who migrated to Canada from Beirut in 1990.

To conclude this post, once again, there should be no place for ideologies in medicine, whether political, religious or other. This is Bambi’s deep conviction based on her second life in a country, which has been torn by identity-based politics.

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