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Ottawa launches consultation on assisted dying: Dykeman

OTTAWA – The Harper government is finally set to announce its long-promised public consultation process on the contentious issue of doctor-assisted dying. As part of ... Read more

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Patient ombudsman: a sign of increased accountability

The Ontario government’s decision to create its first patient ombudsman position to handle complaints against hospitals and long-term care facilities is another indication ... Read more

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Who is permitted to use the title ‘psychotherapist’?

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine As we reported in a  recent blog post , the  Psychotherapy Act, 2007  (the “Act”) was proclaimed ... Read more

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Ontario changing how hospitals investigate critical incidents

The fact that the provincial government is changing a controversial law allowing Ontario hospitals to investigate medical errors in secrecy means that health care organizations ... Read more

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Webinar to explain impact of Carter v. Canada on health care providers

Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  will co-present an upcoming webinar on physician-assisted dying, a term used in the recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ... Read more

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Physiotherapists’ College to make more information available

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In a recent series of  blog posts , we have been providing updates on the steps taken by various colleges to make more information ... Read more

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Physicians must consult with family on end-of-life issues: college

A formal complaint about two doctors in a controversial end-of-life case that was considered three times by the province’s medical watchdog has ultimately resulted in the ... Read more

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Course to focus on legal risk management for nurses

Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman and Elyse Sunshine are set to co-chair an upcoming program on legal risk management for nurses, hosted by Osgoode Professional ... Read more

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Rosen to discuss consent to treatment, informing patients

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen will discuss the issue of consent to treatment at an upcoming course on managing risk and legal liability in the field of nursing. As ... Read more

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Ontario to strengthen health privacy legislation

Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  says proposed amendments to the  Personal Health Information Protection Act   (PHIPA), if enacted, will deter those ... Read more

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College of Pharmacists to make more information available

By  Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine The Council of the  Ontario College of Pharmacists  (“College”) recently approved by-law amendments ... Read more

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Criminal charges laid in patient records privacy breach

Criminal charges have been laid after thousands of confidential records were allegedly stolen from two Toronto hospitals and used to market registered education savings plans to ... Read more

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Prescribing antipsychotics in long-term care homes: report

A recently released Health Quality Ontario (HQO) report prompts a welcome discourse about the circumstances in which antipsychotic medications are administered in long-term care, ... Read more

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ECFAA provides broader oversight of patient care

Ontario’s Excellent Care for All Act has placed more emphasis on the role of hospital boards and executives in the oversight of patient quality of care, says Toronto ... Read more

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Dental College first to pass bylaw

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine The  Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario  (the “College”) is making more information available to the public ... Read more

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Dentists responsible for fees billed in their name: Board

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine There is a clear message that can be taken from a recent  decision  of the  Health Professions Appeal and Review Board ... Read more

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Patient privacy under intense scrutiny

The ability to safeguard patient privacy and the confidentiality of the records held by health-care providers is under immense scrutiny, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane ... Read more

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The push for transparency

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Major changes are on the horizon for Ontario’s regulated health professions. In the months ahead, the province’s health ... Read more

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Nurse's request for closed-door hearing an uphill battle

In today’s age of transparency, it will be difficult for a lawyer to successfully argue that a nurse accused of snooping through the health records of roughly 300 patients ... Read more

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A need for sexuality policies in long-term care homes?

A recent case in Iowa that focused on questions about when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex highlights important legal issues that are becoming ... Read more

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