VIDEO: Woman’s rant for ‘white doctor’ goes viral

Confrontation shows people confront the woman in Ontario calling her behaviour unacceptable, racist

A video showing an agitated woman demanding her son be examined by a “white doctor” at a Toronto-area walk-in clinic is sparking online outrage, as some medical groups say demands for physicians of a certain race cannot be accommodated.

In the video, which was posted online Sunday and has since been viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube, the woman becomes increasingly belligerent as she repeatedly asks to see a doctor who “doesn’t have brown teeth” and “speaks English.”

As the unidentified woman repeats her demands, the video shows others in the waiting room confront her, calling her behaviour unacceptable and racist.

Peel Regional Police say they were called to a clinic in Mississauga, Ont., shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday on reports of a disturbance.

Spokesman Const. Mark Fischer says a woman was being verbally aggressive in requesting that a white doctor attend to her son.

He says the woman’s son eventually received treatment, and the case was closed with no charges laid since no one was hurt and no threats were made.

Many took to social media to decry what they described as the casual racism at play in the incident.

“Are you really going to deny your child who is sick care just because the doctor (who is a licensed professional!!!) isn’t white???” one person wrote on Twitter.

“The video of the ‘white doctor’ woman made me cry pretty hard. It made (me) happy too. I’d rather see racism in public, not hidden in the public,” another wrote.

Patients do make these types of requests occasionally, though in some areas it may more commonly be to ask for a doctor of a specific gender, said Dr. Alan Drummond, co-chair of public affairs for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.

There may be efforts to accommodate patients who would feel more comfortable with a female physician, but it’s often simply not possible, especially in small communities, he said.

Generally speaking, “if you’re sick enough to warrant emergency care or urgent care, then you’re sick enough not to be choosy about who it is you see,” he said.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada took a similar stance in a position statement a few years ago, saying that requests for a doctor of a particular gender may be accommodated if made during regular office hours.

“Race isn’t an option,” a society spokeswoman said by email.

The position statement further says that “patients can decline the care offered, but should take full responsibilities for those actions.”

The Canadian Medical Association, meanwhile, said that “racism has no place in Canada nor in our health-care system.”

“Part of Canada’s strength is our multi-cultural history and make-up,” the association’s president, Dr. Granger Avery, said in a statement.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which regulates doctors in the province, said it does not have a policy to address that situation but stressed that the Ontario Human Rights Code states all those who provide services in the province are entitled to do so free from discrimination.

It also says that under its policies, doctors may consider cutting ties with a patient whose behaviour becomes inappropriate or abusive.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Truck fire forces evacuation of Lake Country gas station

No one was injured as firefighters quickly contained blaze at the Shell on Sunday afternoon

Gas leak contained near Lakeshore Road

Ruptured line was quickly contained Sunday morning by Kelowna Fire Department

High winds cause havoc for sailors

Kelowna Fire Department assists boats with broken masts on Okanagan Lake

Late night confrontation between two men in Peachland

RCMP was called to the scene of a physcial encounter on Saturday evening where one man was injured

Search continues after human remains located

The search of the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road enters its fourth day

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Rockets raise money for autism

Western Hockey League club hosts third annual Family Day Sunday in Kelowna

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

A golden opportunity

Orthodontist offers sweet deal for the pocketbook

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

First-place Warriors edge Caps, visit ‘Backs today

West Kelowna scores twice in 25 seconds early in third to overtake Cowichan Valley in BCHL action

Grab a book; thank your librarian

All libraries are cornerstones of their communities and we celebrate them during library month

Five decades of volunteering

Even though she is approaching 70, Merle kindred continues to volunteer around the world

Most Read