Inappropriate Handling of Special Diet Allowance Forms in Ontario

Feb 4, 2010

Health Providers Against Poverty is quite concerned about a directive issue by the Minister of Community and Social Services that allows front line social service workers to invalidate the medical opinions of physicians as provided on Special Diet Allowance forms. This not only undermines the medical profession, but also threatens the dignity and privacy of people living on social assistance. It is demeaning to be required to discuss one’s personal health conditions with staff who are not trained health professionals.

Letter to Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis
Letter to the Ontario Medical Association