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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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Health-care sector doesn't have to wait for procurement review to collaborate

Health organizations interested in consolidating the procurement of goods and services with other entities need not wait until the Ontario government completes its Health-care ... Read more

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Privacy Commissioner can review exercises of discretion

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Earlier this year, in  PHIPA Decision 25 , the  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  (IPC) denied the ... Read more

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Kate Dewhirst launches Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst has launched a new firm, Kate Dewhirst Health Law . She will continue with the health law work she has pursued for the last 17 years ... Read more

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Health sector waiting to see how LHINs use broad new powers

Ontario’s Patients First Act (Bill 41) proposes to expand the mandate of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), giving them considerable new powers over the expanded ... Read more

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Vital for health professionals to minimize staff regulatory risk

Unlike in other sectors, health professionals can face regulatory action for the wrongful conduct of their employees — making it crucial that they put policies and ... Read more

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Expert evidence needed when moving to dismiss malpractice claim

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Unfortunately for health professionals in all disciplines and practice settings, a malpractice action can be commenced any time ... Read more

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Ontario health boards moving toward collaborative governance

Health boards across Ontario are looking for ways to collaborate with other service providers in the health-care sector as a way to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently while ... Read more

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Nurse charged with murders raises regulatory issues

Horrific allegations that a former Ontario nurse murdered eight long-term-care residents over a seven-year period raises issues relating to the regulation of health-care ... Read more

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Tremayne-Lloyd calls for change in law affecting transgender patients

Toronto health lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd is calling for a change   to   the Regulated Health Professions Act  (RHPA) that will prevent the College of ... Read more

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Updates to CPSO physician behaviour policy

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Following public consultation, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the College) updated its policy on  ... Read more

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McCain annulment case points to health law issue

A court’s decision relating to the admissibility of a psychiatrist's report in a high-profile annulment case in Ontario has underscored that complaints or discipline ... Read more

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Hospitals and other BPS employers have to create frameworks

By Maria McDonald BACKGROUND Hospital executive salaries have been frozen since Part 11.1 of the  Broader Public Sector Accountability Act (BPSAA) was introduced ... Read more

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Rosen: investigation and discovery in tribunal proceedings

When representing professionals in a disciplinary matter, counsel should begin their assessment of the case by reviewing the Notice of Hearing and breaking down the elements of ... Read more

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Appointment of hospital supervisor brings major local impact: O'Brien

Two Ontario communities — Brockville and Chatham — have temporarily lost local control of the operation of their hospitals after the province stepped in to ... Read more

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Bill 41 Patients First Act – what has changed from Bill 210?

By Kathy O'Brien Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins introduced Bill 41, the  Patients First Act , on October 6. Bill 41 replaces June’s ... Read more

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