Medical office assistants and their supporters picket outside the Oshawa Health Centre August 29. The workers were told they were losing their jobs at the medical clinic upon the retirement of chiropractor Dr. Adrian Pettyan.
Picketing OPSEU members got a partial result for their efforts outside the Oshawa Health Centre on August 27.
Medical office assistants at the Oshawa Health Centre were calling for the medical clinic’s owner to reveal his plans for the future of services offered at the clinic after it formally closes at the end of September.
Dr. Adrian Pettyan, who says he owns the clinic, had been adamant patients were not being “abandoned,” but could not say earlier in the week where the clinic’s health practitioners would move their practices.
Pettyan told the news media yesterday that he expects most of the doctors will make lease arrangements to continue working out of the facility at the corner of Adelaide and Simcoe Streets.
Dr. Adrian Pettyan is retiring, but staff at his medical clinic may be excused for not taking up a collection to buy him a gift.
Pettyan is closing the busy Oshawa medical clinic, disrupting access to primary care for thousands of patients in the community and costing the jobs of at least 15 recently unionized certified medical office assistants who were given notice of termination late last week. The medical clinic maintains about 27,000 medical health records.
Seven family doctors work out of the clinic. Two have already announced they are relocating to the Glazier Medical Centre. Pettyan’s medical health care clinic also offers a walk-in clinic, massage therapy, psychotherapy and has hosted Dr. Pettyan’s chiropractic practice, which he has been preparing to hand over to another doctor.
“Most people try to leave a positive legacy when they retire,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the 130,000 member Ontario Public Service Employees Union which represents the office assistants. “Dr. Pettyan appears to have left a significant gap in the city’s primary care services and has shown indifference to the workers he is abandoning.”