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Physician-hospital relationship unique, complex

Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst  says it's important for hospitals to provide regular training for medical leadership on the administrative issues around physician ... Read more

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New regulation permits dentists to treat spouses

By Lonny Rosen The  Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991  (the RHPA ) and its  Health Professions Procedural Code  (the Code ) contain strict, zero-tolerance provisions ... Read more

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Don't make all complaints public: Sunshine

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine strongly disagrees with an Ontario Trial Lawyers Association suggestion to make public all complaints against doctors  after the province’s ... Read more

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Lonny Rosen elected to Advocates' Society

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen , partner with Rosen Sunshine LLP , has been elected to serve on The Advocates’ Society board of directors for a four-year term. ... Read more

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Abusing complaints process to advance agendas

Health professionals are unfairly victimized when individuals or groups use a health professional’s College’s complaints process to advance their own agendas, says Toronto health ... Read more

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Doctors' right to refuse to provide treatment uncertain

Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine  says three Ottawa doctors who distributed letters to patients saying they won't prescribe artificial birth control because of their ... Read more

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'Culture of privacy' needed at health organizations

Two recent health-information privacy breaches in Ontario are reminders of the importance – and responsibility – of health-care organizations to have effective privacy policies, ... Read more

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Court ruling awarding costs against lawyer a 'concern'

Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  says a “concerning” court decision that awarded costs against a lawyer personally for calling to the witness stand an expert who was found by ... Read more

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A need for employee social media policies in health care

Several cases involving health-care employees who posted workplace information on social media have led to a growing number of institutions and regulatory colleges developing ... Read more

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Quebec's end-of-life bill puts Canada at a 'crossroads'

Toronto health lawyer  Mary Jane Dykeman  says Quebec’s new end-of-life-care bill puts Canada at a “crossroads” in the long-standing public debate about physician-assisted suicide ... Read more

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Quebec's end-of-life bill opens door to Ontario discussion

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine says Quebec's new end-of-life-care bill will likely open the door to more discussion about assisted suicide in Ontario and may result ... Read more

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Privacy breach highlights need to enforce policies

The privacy breach at a Scarborough hospital demonstrates the need for health-care institutions to not only have privacy policies in place, but to fully enforce them, Toronto ... Read more

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Responding to a ‘meritless’ College complaint

By Lonny Rosen When faced with a complaint from a patient, or even from someone else (such as a member of the patient’s family, a colleague, or any other person), health ... Read more

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Health agencies held to account by their policies

It's vital for health-sector organizations to develop – and keep current – policies that can stand up against the scrutiny of outside agencies because their own ... Read more

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Issue of consent is key in case of girl refusing chemo

Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen  says the first question that has to be determined in the case of an 11-year-old girl who has refused chemotherapy in favour of Indigenous ... Read more

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Divisional Court issues guidance to health-care sector

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In Ren v. College of Massage Therapists of Ontario , a brief decision reviewing a caution issued by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports ... Read more

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Health-record snooping a growing concern: Dewhirst

Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst says a growing issue of concern in health care is snooping – privacy breaches that occur when a provider looks at a patient's medical ... Read more

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Sunshine chairs health risk management conference

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine led a workshop on privacy risks and the protection of health information at a recent conference. Sunshine, partner at  Rosen Sunshine LLP , ... Read more

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Rosen and Sunshine to speak at health law course

Toronto health lawyers Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine are speaking at an upcoming program offered through Osgoode Professional Development. The Osgoode Certi?cate in ... Read more

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Document informed consent: Rosen

Media reports of widespread use of antipsychotic drugs in Ontario nursing homes have highlighted the need for practitioners to thoroughly document the fact that they have received ... Read more

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