Nova Scotia Health orders workplace assessment of cardiac surgery unit amid complaints – CBC

Multiple doctors tell CBC they were harassed and discriminated against by colleagues

Jun 06, 2022

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mansob arrived in Halifax in 2018 for a two-year cardiac surgery fellowship with a sense of optimism. After years of working in Saudi Arabia while his family was based in Montreal, he wanted to be in Canada full time.

Al-Mansob, who is originally from Yemen and has permanent residency in Canada, hoped the fellowship in Halifax would lead to a permanent job.

Instead, he got what he describes in a written complaint as a “very painful experience with racism, discrimination, double standards, disrespect and division” from some doctors, trainees and staff connected to the cardiac surgery division of Nova Scotia Health and, in some cases, Dalhousie University’s medical school.

Al-Mansob, 43, is one of three doctors with international training who talked to CBC about the problems they experienced during their time in Halifax, concerns that have contributed to the health authority recently launching an independent workplace assessment of the cardiac surgery division.

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