Ontario's MLTs support CAP's five-point plan

    TORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ - The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists
of Ontario (CMLTO) today issued a statement regarding the Canadian Association
of Pathologists' announcement of proposed plans for improving Canadian
laboratory services. The CMLTO is reiterating its offer to collaborate in the
review of quality assurance procedures with the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Association of Pathologists and other
provincial regulatory bodies involved in medical laboratory testing.
    The recent issue regarding inaccurate test results delivered to 400
breast cancer patients in Newfoundland between 1997 and 2005 is a clear call
to action for all medical laboratory professionals. All aspects of medical
laboratory testing, procedures and quality assurance protocols must be
reviewed to learn what went wrong, what can be done to correct the problems
and how best to assure Canadians that they can rely on medical laboratory
    "As outlined in the Canadian Association of Pathologists' five-point plan
for improving laboratory services across the country, regulation, quality
assurance, and inter-professional collaboration are key to ensuring accuracy
in the medical laboratory," commented Pat Mercuri, President of the CMLTO.
    Medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) are regulated in Ontario by the
CMLTO. One of the MLT's areas of expertise is the preparation of samples for
diagnoses by pathologists. Pathologists are physicians, regulated in Ontario
by the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO).
    "It is disconcerting to see negative messaging in media headlines when
health consumers need to know that medical laboratory testing is safe and
effective. Ontario's MLTs and the laboratories they work in are currently
regulated. Going forward, our goal should be to develop solutions to rectify
whatever problems exist," commented CMLTO's Registrar, Kathy Wilkie.

    The CMLTO is the provincial regulatory body for Ontario's medical
laboratory technologists. CMLTO regulates approximately 7,500 MLTs in Ontario
and has long been a proponent of all laboratory practitioners being subject to
regulation and professional standards of practice.

For further information:

For further information: Kathy Wilkie, Registrar & Executive Director,
(416) 861-9605 (toll-free in Canada: 1-800-323-9672) ext. 222,

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