Ontario's MLTs willing to participate in national review

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists
of Ontario (CMLTO) today issued a statement regarding the recent independent
review of pathology reports concerning reported misdiagnoses of cancer in
Newfoundland and New Brunswick. The CMLTO is offering to collaborate in the
proposed 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 current issues regarding the 300 cases of cancer patients in
Newfoundland and 15,000 pathology reports in Miramichi, New Brunswick are a
clear call to action for all medical laboratory professionals to review all
aspects of medical lab testing, procedures and quality assurance protocols 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 lab testing.
    "There are several steps, a variety of equipment and technology and a
number of professionals involved in lab testing that make regulation, quality
control and inter-professional collaboration essential," commented Pat
Mercuri, President of the CMLTO.
    MLTs are regulated in Ontario by the CMLTO and perform a number of the
important steps in taking and preparing samples for diagnoses by pathologists.
MLTs are involved in cutting, embedding and staining samples. Pathologists are
physicians, regulated in Ontario by the College of Physicians and Surgeons
    "It is disconcerting to see negative messaging in media headlines when
all health consumers need to know that medical laboratory testing is safe and
effective. Ontario's medical laboratory technologists and the laboratories
they work in are currently regulated. In 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, (416) 861-9605 ext.

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