DOC­TOR RE­JECTED TREAT­MENT IN ENGLISH, PA­TIENT SAYS

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Mon­treal’s French- l an­guage su­per­hos­pi­tal says it’s look­ing into a com­plaint by a pa­tient who says a re­puted urol­o­gist re­buffed him be­cause he wanted to be served in English. Zbig­niew Malysa, a 67- year- old Pol­ish man who has lived in Canada for more than 30 years, al­leges in sev­eral in­ter­views the doc­tor, Luc Vali­quette, made of­fen­sive re­marks about his eth­nic ori­gin and his difficulties in ex- press­ing him­self in French. The doc­tor then al­legedly tore up and threw out a colonoscopy form that was in­tended for the pa­tient. Although Malysa speaks and un­der­stands French, he says he wanted dis­cus­sions about his med­i­cal care to be con­ducted in English. Vali­quette said the sit­u­a­tion had arisen from a mis­un­der­stand­ing and that he’d be in touch with Malysa.

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