DOCTOR REJECTED TREATMENT IN ENGLISH, PATIENT SAYS
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.