[Vancouver Sun] The issue of foreign-trained doctors who are prevented from practising in Canada by Canadian professional bodies refusing to accept their credentials is about to be tested by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
The tribunal has accepted a complaint of discrimination against the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of British Columbia filed by an Argentine-trained physician, Paola Fauerbach.
Fauerbach is a radiologist specializing in mammography and breast ultrasound whose qualifications are recognized in the European Union but not in Canada. She came to Canada in 2001 and has Canadian citizenship.
Both the college and UBC have tried to have the tribunal throw out Fauerbach’s complaint on the basis they had non-discriminatory grounds to explain their conduct.
Earlier this year, the tribunal rejected the college’s motion for dismissal and now tribunal member Tonie Buharrell has rejected UBC’s motion, opening the way for a hearing into the allegations.