Ontario improves patient safety



    McGuinty Government Gives New Powers To Regulatory Colleges

    TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is increasing protection for people who undergo high risk
procedures - such as cosmetic surgery.
    The province has passed the Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act,
which allows health regulatory colleges to directly observe a health
professional's practice, including watching a procedure being performed, as
part of a facility inspection.
    The new legislation also ensures that a college investigator may make
reasonable inquiries of a health professional under investigation. The health
professional must cooperate fully.

    QUOTES

    "Our government is taking yet another step to improve patient safety in
the province. This legislation will ensure that patients receive safe and high
quality care from their health care providers, using the best medical
equipment in the most secure settings."
    - David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

    "We welcome this legislative change which will enhance our ability to
fulfill our mandate to protect the public."
    - Dr. Rayudu Koka, President, College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Ontario

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Health regulatory colleges are bodies with the authority under the
        Regulated Health Professions Act to regulate the professions in the
        public interest.
    -   In 2007, the government also provided greater protection to the
        public by requiring health regulatory colleges to post information on
        their websites about their members related to malpractice and
        professional negligence, professional misconduct and discipline
        decisions.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about the regulation of health professionals
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pro/pro_mn.html) in
Ontario.

    Find out more about the College of Physicians and Surgeons initiatives to
ensure the safety of patients who undergo cosmetic surgery
(http://www.cpso.on.ca/whatsnew/news/default.aspx?id=1506).

    For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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