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Four Month Ordeal

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Jan 18, 2016 Meeting with Jill Wright

In all humility, I will offer a couple of suggestions to the Dept’ of Transportation. My suggestions arise out of a stressful four-month period of time I had regaining my driver’ license: from June 23/2015 to Oct. 27/2015: four months. I was 74 years of age.

SUGGESTIONS
a) It is apparent that a number of physicians are either unaware or unwilling to abide by the law that the SIMARD MD and the DRIVEable tests are not compulsory in this province. I realize that physicians were informed about this at some time: perhaps they need to be reminded. I had a lively argument with a particular physician about this and a number of discussions with other physicians who were clearly unaware.
b). Likewise, I met government registry staff, in two different offices, who did not have the same interpretation of this law. Perhaps they too need a refresher.
c). While casting about trying to determine what I could do to regain my license I had sense that the Health & Seniors Dept. and the Transportation Dept. could become better acquainted with each other’s mandate.
d). More practical tests need to be developed to accurately test ability to drive.

MY EXPERIENCE
Dr. Jean Triscott, the examiner violated basic responsibilities set by the CMA: items 21 & 23 clearly state that the physician is obligated to provide the patients with information they need to make informed decisions regarding any medical care. And furthermore, the physician is not to proceed with any medical practice unless explicit permission is given by the patient. Examples of the Dr.’s violations include:

1. The SIMARD MD: A test under severe scrutiny. Refer to my Advocate, Ruth Adria. I failed it. The CMA rules were violated.

2. A random series of questions were asked and then I was summarily diagnosed to be unfit to drive. I was instructed not to drive away from the building. I received a letter from Alberta Transport that my license was revoked based on a medical assessment.

3. Dr. Jean Triscott suggested I take the DRIVEable test. Another test under scrutiny (Perhaps a pass would help me regain my license, she said.) She told me it would cost 250 dollars plus GST. I failed it.

4. I was given a CT Brain test. Dr. Jean Triscott told my wife and me that the X-ray provided evidence of a mild stroke. I had another physician read the X-ray. He said there is no evidence of a mild stroke. (MISDIAGNOSIS)

5. The physician/patient decorum was poor: she lacked empathy, made hasty and poorly informed decisions. Our family Physician finally conceded that I deserved a medical diagnosis supporting my ability to drive, given I passed my road test. I had 25 minute road test, passing it with a “Well done Sir”, and a smile on his face.

xxxxx PhD