Health

Coaching creates pathways to magic: Dewhirst

The coaching process of goal setting and strategizing is the fastest way to create momentum and change in your life, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst recently told a Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) gathering. Read more

Review board finds complaints committee decision to be unreasonable

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . This case involved the death of a beloved dog and a complaint made by his owners to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (the College) about the conduct of the veterinarian who treated him. While the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) found the Complaints Committee’s (the Committee) investigation to be adequate; it found that its ultimate disposition was unreasonable given the serious concerns involved. Read more

Health professionals and patients: the need for appropriate boundaries

The disciplinary proceedings against an Ontario family physician who admitted to showing naked pictures of himself to patients highlights the importance of all health professionals keeping appropriate boundaries with the people they are treating, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Case provides guidance for psychologists

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . A psychologist (Dr. A) was cautioned, provided advice, and was required to complete a Specified Continuing Education and Remediation Program (SCERP) regarding a parental capacity assessment (PCA) he completed in the context of contentious family law proceedings. The case provides some helpful guidance for all psychologists (and other professionals) to avoid missteps when conducting independent assessments. Read more

Youth and medical assistance in dying: the complexities

With Canadian pediatricians saying they are increasingly being asked about medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for some patients under 18, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells The Lawyer’s Daily that physicians need to be equipped with the correct information about what the current legislative scheme permits. Read more

Bill 154 suggests ONCA may finally be proclaimed

Governance improvements offered by Ontario's omnibus Bill 154 — the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act — signal the province is ready to bring meaningful change for not-for-profit organizations' regulatory regime, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

Nurse punished for Facebook post appealing fine and costs order

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . A nurse in Saskatchewan who is facing a $1,000 fine and a $25,000 costs order after using social media to complain about her grandfather’s care at a palliative care facility is appealing the finding of misconduct and penalty ordered in the case. Read more

Have you looked at your professional staff rules, regulations lately?

By Kate Dewhirst . Back in the 1980s and 90s, many hospitals published medical staff “rules and regulations.” And in some cases, that package then went dormant as hospital-wide policies and procedures were introduced. Read more

Medical residents: the need to address regulatory difficulties early

It's critically important for medical residents who find themselves in academic or professional difficulty to address the problem early and head-on, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen . Read more

The importance of clear mission, vision and value statements

Health-care organizations need to have clear, emotionally resonant mission, vision and value statements to guide them through their greatest challenges, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

What does a privacy officer do in a health care organization?

By Kate Dewhirst . I train privacy officers to understand their role. So, what does a privacy officer do for a health care organization? Read more

Health privacy, capacity key areas for family lawyers

Health privacy, capacity, regulatory issues and reporting obligations are just some of the health law issues that family lawyers will encounter in their practices, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen says in an interview published in the Ontario Family Law Reporter . Read more

Review board: oral caution for problematic advertising unreasonable

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . In a case involving a pharmacist , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) recognized important mitigating factors and the very serious consequences of an oral caution and found that the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee’s decision to issue an oral caution for problematic advertising was unreasonable. Read more

Dewhirst gives back to legal profession as a coach

As both a coach and advisor for a new Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) program, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst loves the interaction with fellow lawyers and helping them meet their career goals. Read more

The rise of telemedicine and the regulatory regimes that govern it

With the growth of telemedicine, hospitals and other health-care organizations should have policies in place to outline how best to use it to ensure they meet their regulatory responsibilities, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more