OHA Welcomes Government Decision to Improve Design of QCIPA

TORONTO, July 1, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) supports the Ontario government's decision to implement the recommendations of the Quality of Care Information Protection Act (QCIPA) Review Committee, including improvements in legislative design and drafting, as reported today in the Toronto Star.

"Ontario hospitals are committed to providing the highest standard of safe, quality patient care, while always supporting open, honest, and transparent communication with patients and their families," said Anthony Dale, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association. "On behalf of our members, I look forward to working with government and other healthcare partners on improving the design of the QCIPA framework, and developing the resources, tools, and guidance needed to support future legislative change."

In March 2015, the QCIPA Review Committee upheld the value of QCIPA and concluded that its use is beneficial in certain instances, particularly as it relates to the investigation of critical incidents. However, the Review Committee also called for enhanced transparency in the application of this legislation, particularly when communicating to patients and their families during the investigation of critical incidents.

The OHA participated in the review process and welcomed the Review Committee's final recommendations when they were announced in March. Since then, the OHA has been working proactively to support hospitals and ensure that they are aware of the findings and recommendations and will continue to support members in understanding and implementing amendments to the legislation once they are made.  

"These changes are an important next step in ensuring the system is safer, establishing a common approach to utilizing the review processes set out in the legislation, and in strengthening public confidence in this important health quality legislation," Dale said.

Ontario Hospital Association
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians.

SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

For further information: Michelle MacLeod, Public Affairs Specialist, 416-357-9902, mmacleod@oha.com

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