Statement - Ontario Medical Association

TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ -

Ontario's doctors were disappointed to learn that the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has called into question the role and abilities of physician assistants in the province. The suggestion that patient care in Ontario is in jeopardy because physician assistants are assisting doctors is not only unfounded but completely untrue.

The physician assistant (PA) role was established in Ontario in May 2006, but they have been making positive contributions in the Canadian military since 2003 and in the United States for over 40 years. PAs are having a positive impact on Ontario's health care system by improving wait times and enhancing access to services. Working under the close supervision of a physician, PAs conduct patient interviews, histories, physical examinations; perform selected diagnostic and therapeutic interventions; order and interpret patient laboratory and radiological results; and counsel patients on preventative health care.

At a time when Ontario's doctors are advocating for increased collaboration between health care professionals, especially with nurses and nurse practitioners, it's unfortunate that the RNAO is not following our lead.

Ontario's doctors support the work of PAs because we firmly believe that when all health care providers work together, patients benefit from an enhanced level of comprehensive and timely health care.

    Suzanne Strasberg, MD
    President, Ontario Medical Association

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

For further information: For further information: OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862

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