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Professional warned about foreign language use in front of patients

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine A recent case provides a warning to health care professionals to be mindful of the inappropriateness of speaking in front of ... Read more

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Will hospital-naming directive cause donation chilling effect?

The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s proposed hospital-naming directive may have a chilling effect on large donations to these facilities in Ontario, says ... Read more

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Entrepreneurial lens can help with lawyer career satisfaction

Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst  enjoys running her own health law practice, but often sees other young lawyers working in firms where they feel confined by ... Read more

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Would you choose to be a lawyer?

By Kate Dewhirst I was recently at an event with a “mixed group” – a mix of lawyers and non-lawyers. As we were introducing ourselves, a few of the ... Read more

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Standardization versus compatibility in health care

When it comes to the procurement of goods for the health sector, it’s critical that hospital administrators educate their staff about the difference between compatibility ... Read more

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Professionals entitled to learn lessons from past complaints

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine A recent decision,  JRP (MD) v. VG  2016 CanLII 66783 (ON HPARB ), from the Health Professions Appeal and Review ... Read more

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More debate at Bill 84 second reading hoped to clarify issues

When the Ontario Legislature resumes sitting again this month, it’s expected that Bill 84 will receive further debate during its second reading to refine the legal framework ... Read more

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Patient record disputes on the rise

With a sharp increase in the number of disputes involving access to patient records reported to Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner, Toronto health lawyer  ... Read more

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Deference for committee’s decision to issue a ‘caution’

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied leave to appeal two judgements arising from the judicial review of a decision by the ... Read more

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Bill 87 and the down side to patient care

Ontario’s proposed Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act, may have an unintended detrimental effect on health care because it could make some physicians self-protective and ... Read more

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Proposed law removes discipline panel discretion in sex abuse cases

Although the sexual abuse of patients by health professionals is a serious concern, newly introduced legislation aimed at addressing this problem limits the ability of College ... Read more

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A prescription for successful health sector integration

As an increasing number of health-care boards across Ontario consider integration as a way to use taxpayer dollars most efficiently, Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien ... Read more

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The Expert Network© celebrates its newest member, lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

(Jan. 4, 2017 - Toronto) Toronto health lawyer  Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd, founder and principal of  TTL Health Law , has joined The Expert Network© , ... Read more

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Regulatory policies key when accessing health data on the cloud

When entering into an agreement with a cloud service provider, health professionals have to ensure that any policies and guidelines from their regulatory bodies regarding ... Read more

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The holidays: a time to be extra compassionate in health care

The holiday season is a stressful time for everyone, making it important for health-care providers to be extra diligent about showing compassion to patients and their ... Read more

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Monthly webinars to explore legal issues for family health teams

Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst will be hosting monthly webinars throughout 2017, focusing on legal issues facing family health teams (FHTs). The sessions are ... Read more

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Patients First Act (Bill 41) receives Royal Assent

By Kathy O'Brien Bill 41, the Patients First Act , received Royal Assent on Dec. 8 — it is now law. What were the final changes to the bill? The bill was ... Read more

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Proposed law will boost health Colleges’ powers: Sunshine

TORONTO — Ontario has introduced legislation that would see doctors' licences revoked if they grope a patient. Currently a doctor's licence is revoked if they are found ... Read more

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What family health teams need to know about social media and the law

By Kate Dewhirst On Dec. 3 the CBC reported that a nurse was found guilty of professional misconduct in Saskatchewan for personal comments she made on Facebook and ... Read more

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Bill 84 proposes legislative changes to support medical assistance in dying

Ontario's Bill 84, introduced Dec. 7, is a step towards the creation of a responsive framework for those who choose to provide or receive medical assistance in dying, ... Read more

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