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.”