August 24, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

I want to be very careful about the wording of my questions, because we are dealing with men and I do not want to hurt anybody's reputation. This question is likely to cast a cloud over some of these men who were charged with the responsibility of dealing with Lowell T. Campbell's case after he was admitted to Shaughnessy hospital. Apparently some of these men have been guilty either of culpable ignorance or of culpable dereliction of duty. We cannot blame a man for being without the knowledge which would enable him to diagnose, but we can blame him for neglecting to use the services of a man who had established himself as being able to diagnose.
Certain men dealt with Lowell T. Campbell on his admission to Shaughnessy hospital in 1945. An explanation should be given why these men took the measures they did, most of which resulted in a serious aggravation of Lowell T. Campbell's condition. They operated on him several times, making serious blunders. My information is that they treated him by injecting substances into his hip and buttocks, whereas the private doctor of aircraftman Campbell stated that before the man had gone into the hospital there had to be an operation.
I should like the minister to go into detail with regard to the decisions that were made regarding Lowell T. Campbell's treatment after he went into Shaughnessy hospital. It will be necessary for the minister to establish that those men were not derelict in their duty. The result of their work has been that Lowed T. Campbell apparently is unable to do the work which it is necessary for him to do in order to raise his splendid young family of five chddren, give them an education, and discharge his other responsibilities as a citizen.

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