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Recently, a Canadian physician, considered by some to be a kind of Robin Hood, has been exaggerating allergies and other conditions for patients on welfare so that they can get access to special dietary food allowances from the Canadian government, over 1.8 million dollars worth over the past four years. Although the physician, Dr. Roland Wong, is before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for disciplinary action, his only regret is that “the government does not help the poor.”

WWTNS (What Would Thierry Nadisic Say)?!

Dr. Thierry Nadisic (EMLyon) has identified a phenomenon he defines as the Robin Hood Effect. He proposes that managers may use invisible remedies to restore organizational justice by allocating resources over which they have discretion to employees who have experienced some form of injustice. Specifically, he proposes that “invisible remedies can reduce the negative reactions resulting from distributive, procedural, and interactional injustices due to their ability to address employees’ instrumental, relational, and moral motives.”

Robin Hoodism may be pervasive in other contexts in which individual agents try to correct what they see as the injustice of organizations and institutions, as in the case of Dr. Wong.

‘Dr. Robin Hood’ case shines light on activist doctors

By: Jane Gerster Staff Reporter, Toronto Star. Published on Fri Aug 02 2013

As food insecurity in Canada grows, some experts say doctors are on the front lines and should be taking a lead role.

To some he’s a modern day Robin Hood, using his job to help the poor; to others he’s just a Toronto doctor who overstepped his responsibilities and scammed the system.

Dr. Roland Wong was found guilty of professional misconduct last December for exaggerating allergies to help patients on welfare access special diet allowances and even though a committee sympathized with his motivation, it wrote advocacy “should not trump one’s professional integrity.”

His penalty hearing ended this week and it’ll likely be months before a specific penalty is decided upon, but Dr. Wong — who is alleged to have continued to beef up allergies on the forms throughout his hearings — has no regrets, remaining adamant that poor people need more help: “I know the benefits are not enough to live on.”

Read the full debate and coverage in the Toronto Star article here.

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