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Supreme Court reverses ban on doctor assisted death; unconstitutional

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and ``irremediable'' ... Read more

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Rosen to discuss legal issues affecting elderly clients

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen will discuss key legal issues when dealing with the elderly, including determining capacity, at the 2 nd Elderly Client course later this ... Read more

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Rosen, Sunshine lead seminar for medical students on informed consent

On Jan. 19, Toronto health lawyers Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine will facilitate a seminar on informed consent as part of the University of Toronto’s Undergraduate ... Read more

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Hospitals should regularly check for privacy breaches

"It is absolutely advisable” for hospitals to do regularly scheduled proactive audits of their patient records to check for privacy breaches, Toronto health lawyer Elyse ... Read more

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Physician competency complaints a complex issue

While patient safety is the number one concern when dealing with complaints around physician competence, hospital administrators must carefully weigh complex interests to avoid ... Read more

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Lonny Rosen's tips for advance-care planning

Doctors need to know the law around advance-care planning, both in order to support their patients in communicating their wishes and in order to give effect to those wishes, ... Read more

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Draft policy reshapes how end-of-life care is decided

A draft policy  from Ontario’s College of Physicians & Surgeons that directs doctors to obtain the consent of patients or their families before deciding ... Read more

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Privacy breaches point to training issue: Sunshine

Several recent health information privacy breaches – including one involving 500 patient files at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa – demonstrate that better training of ... Read more

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Rosen to discuss health information protection basics

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen is set to share his insights on the basics of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) at an upcoming summit aimed at health ... Read more

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Opening a dialogue on physician retirement is key

Physician retirement is an ongoing issue for hospitals these days and it’s important for health organizations to adopt policies that will help them plan as best as possible ... Read more

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Family of aboriginal girl can legally opt for traditional medicine

BRANTFORD, Ont. – The family of an 11-year-old aboriginal girl with cancer has a constitutional right to opt for traditional medicine over chemotherapy, an Ontario ... Read more

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Dykeman speaks at Advocates' Society Fall Convention

Health-care issues, including mental-health issues, affect everyone – whether it's a family member, co-worker, client, someone appearing before a judge or ... Read more

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Practitioners must dispose of health records properly

Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  says a recent case of patient files being strewn on a street highlights the importance of disposing of health information records in a secure ... Read more

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Nursing homes must staff RNs 24/7

Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  says a recent decision by the  Health Services Appeal and Review Board  underscores the necessity for all nursing homes – even the small, ... Read more

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Inspections key to operation of private health clinics

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine says that while recent media reports about private medical clinics not meeting provincial guidelines highlight a need for those operators to ... Read more

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Colleges setting transparency guidelines

Though recent events in the media have put accountability and transparency for the Colleges that oversee physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other ... Read more

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Safeguards needed if cautions are published

The media and certain advocates have been calling for the publication of cautions issued to doctors and other health professionals for some time, and the minister of health ... Read more

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Recent privacy breaches emphasize need for training, education

Several recent high-profile privacy breaches have been widely reported “suggesting that even 10 years after the implementation of health privacy legislation in Ontario, ... Read more

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SCC case on assisted suicide 'timely and important'

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman says a Supreme Court case that's looking at whether this country's ban on assisted suicide protects or violates the fundamental rights of ... Read more

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Supreme Court tackles right-to-die issue

OTTAWA – Canada's top court will today confront an elemental – some would say intractable – question: whether Canadians have the right to seek help to end their ... Read more

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