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Here's some supplemental info on the scene in this province:
Saskatchewan (prov.) where Saskatoon (city) is located is the province with
a very cool registrar of the College of Phys & Surgeons (governing body of
the drs.). He is very outspoken about the craziness of physicians doing
circ and has warned his members not to do them in the past.

Perhaps this move has come out of the Beth Israel MRSA disaster in the
newborn nursery (Boston). I'm so surprised that any Canadian hosp still does them
given the potential for mixing up the name cards on the bassinets, etc.

This is an article about the Registrar of the College of Phys & Surgeons:

Cut circumcision from list of routine services, Saskatchewan MDs advised

Amy Jo Ehman

Saskatoon

http://tinyurl.com/5aa3l

Quote:<<The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan is asking family
doctors to consider the physical risk to the patient and the legal risk to
the physician before becoming involved in the routine circumcision of
infants.

It warns that circumcision poses a greater risk of harm than benefit and
could form the basis of lawsuits by circumcised adults. The college says
physicians should perform circumcisions only when medically indicated or, in
the case of religious and cultural reasons, after thorough discussion with
parents.

"It's a bit of an awkward situation, and we simply suggest physicians get
reliable advice from the [Canadian Medical Protective Association] about how
they should structure the informed-consent process," said Dr. Dennis Kendel,
the college registrar.

About 27% of infant males in Saskatchewan are circumcised, one of the
highest rates in the country>>end Quote.

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Saskatchewan case from Au 5, 2003

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/169/3/216

Acute venous stasis and swelling of the lower abdomen and extremities in an
infant after circumcision
 

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Here's some supplemental info on the scene in this province:
Saskatchewan (prov.) where Saskatoon (city) is located is the province with
a very cool registrar of the College of Phys & Surgeons (governing body of
the drs.). He is very outspoken about the craziness of physicians doing
circ and has warned his members not to do them in the past.

Perhaps this move has come out of the Beth Israel MRSA disaster in the
newborn nursery (Boston). I'm so surprised that any Canadian hosp still does them
given the potential for mixing up the name cards on the bassinets, etc.

This is an article about the Registrar of the College of Phys & Surgeons:

Cut circumcision from list of routine services, Saskatchewan MDs advised

Amy Jo Ehman

Saskatoon

http://tinyurl.com/5aa3l

Quote:<<The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan is asking family
doctors to consider the physical risk to the patient and the legal risk to
the physician before becoming involved in the routine circumcision of
infants.

It warns that circumcision poses a greater risk of harm than benefit and
could form the basis of lawsuits by circumcised adults. The college says
physicians should perform circumcisions only when medically indicated or, in
the case of religious and cultural reasons, after thorough discussion with
parents.

"It's a bit of an awkward situation, and we simply suggest physicians get
reliable advice from the [Canadian Medical Protective Association] about how
they should structure the informed-consent process," said Dr. Dennis Kendel,
the college registrar.

About 27% of infant males in Saskatchewan are circumcised, one of the
highest rates in the country>>end Quote.

__________________________________________________ ________

Saskatchewan case from Au 5, 2003

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/169/3/216

Acute venous stasis and swelling of the lower abdomen and extremities in an
infant after circumcision
Thank God some people have the foresight to see the damage circ can cause, both physically and financially. They see the precedent for lawsuit. If it can help eliminate circ, the only people who will care enough are those so pro-circ or hell-bent on continuing that "tradition" (but I mean in a non-religious sense) that they'll resort to quack clinics. And then, the peer pressure plays an important role for a change as most will see how it's become rare and no one does it.

That attitude has helped circ become extremely low in certain Canadian provinces, like Quebec or Nova Scotia (it was never popular in Newfoundland). Also, the upside of a low income area is that circ being so expensive sort of weens it out of the province's consciousness in the end. Rich provinces like Alberta haven't seen a terribly sharp drop as a result.
 

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Another advantage we have right now in Canada is the insider whistle blower phenomenum. Many of our strides forward in intactivism come out of the nurses, orderlies, physicians in hosp who ARE educated and when they see a catastrophe they pick up the phone and call the news papers or stations.

Opening up the curtains of what's really happening in hospitals is a way to scare the crap out of cutting doctors. We need to see more of that in the U.S.

Does anyone have some good ideas about how to make it safe for hosp workers to become whistle blowers?
 
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