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CMAJ: Are we betting on the welfare of our patients?

This week’s editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal may have raised the eyebrows of some hospital CEOs.

John Fletcher raises a question we asked more than year ago – does the duty to first ‘do no harm’ apply to gambling meant to support public services?

In February 2012 we questioned the role Susan Pigott (VP at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) played in the recommendations made by the Drummond Commission to increase access to gambling in Ontario. The recommendation was one of many by the Commission that appears to throw the well-being of citizens overboard to shore up government finances.

How different is it for hospitals to do the same, given hospital lotteries have become so ubiquitous in Ontario? The CMAJ says it is contradictory to ban hospitals from selling tobacco while allowing them to promote another addictive habit – gambling.

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