Dr. Tom Stewart Resigns From Ontario Health Advisories on COVID-19.
Should Stewart Resign from CEO Job at Niagara’s Amalgamated System of Hospitals Too?
“I regret this non-essential travel and I’m sorry. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now, including me.”
– Dr. Tom Stewart, CEO of Niagara’s amalgamated system of hospitals, in a statement he released after he got caught taking a recent vacation to the Dominican Republic, while the rest of us in Niagara and all of Ontario were urged by health professionals to stay home.
A Brief News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted January 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
If those in positions of public leadership wonder why so many members of the public hold them in contempt or such little regard, here is one of the more recent and all-to-many reasons why.
This time the example is of a medical doctor and one who is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by Ontario taxpayers – this one is Dr. Tom Stewart who is CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton and of Niagara Health’s amalgamated system of hospitals in our Niagara, Ontario region – taking a recent vacation to the sunny beaches of the Dominican Republic while the rest of us were encouraged to stay home during this second deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Stewart, along with the now former Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips and others, is but the latest elitist in a high-end public position to get caught going on a vacation down south while the rest of us were not only told to stay home, but to sacrifice spending time this Holiday Season with our beloved relatives and friends if they do not already live under our roof.
In this case, here is a medical doctor, now making tonnes of public money working as a CEO for hospitals where staff is working night a day, and risking their lives while they are doing it, working to save the lives of patients infected with this killer virus.
Never mind that he resigned from provincial COVID advisory boards. He should resign his position as CEO of these vital hospital institutions.
Sometimes saying you are “sorry” – in this case after you were caught in your beach trunks – is not enough.
Dr. Steward please step aside and leave the CEO job for our hospitals to someone who shows more responsibility as a leader during a time of health emergency for our region and the world.
As a medical doctor and someone entrusted to run our health care services, you, of all people, should know better.
How troubling that when you took off on this vacation – while over-worked health care professions sin the hospitals you are responsible for – soldiered on.
Shame On You Sir, and Get The Hell Out!
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
I will now leave you to read stories on this from the CBC and St. Catharines Standard.
To read the CBC story, click on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/st-joes-niagara-health-ceo-vacation-covid-19-1.5862449 .
To read The Standard story, click on – https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news/niagara-region/2021/01/05/provincial-pandemic-adviser-and-ceo-of-hospitals-in-niagara-and-hamilton-took-holiday-to-dominican-republic-says-cbc.html .
To read a recent commentary Niagara At Large posted on Ontario’s now former Finance Minster Rod Phillips resigning after being caught on Carribean vacation, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/12/31/caught-with-his-beach-trunks-on-fords-finance-minister-quits/ .
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