Health

Avoid intimate relationships with patients, clients: Sunshine

A regulated health professional will have their certificate of registration revoked if they become involved in a sexual relationship with a patient or client, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine , tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Three steps to influence organizational culture in health care

By Kate Dewhirst . What is culture? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. Read more

Interpersonal difficulties with colleagues result in complaint, SCERP

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . Workplaces, including those in a health care environment, often include a variety of personalities that are not always complementary. Read more

Health law collisions: immigration law

By Kate Dewhirst . Health law is a discipline that focuses on the legal issues in health care, on representing the interests of recipients of health services or health care providers or the health sector and its businesses and goods and service providers, or government and its policymakers. Read more

High-tech hospital procurements require more innovative process

As more hospitals rely on new innovations to provide patient care, there are special legal considerations around the procurement of these technologies, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

HPARB decision holds valuable lessons for dentists

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . A recent decision of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) confirming a decision by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (the Committee) of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (the College) provides valuable lessons for all dentists. Read more

Complainants must be named for case to proceed: Tremayne-Lloyd

Physicians who have launched a gender discrimination complaint against a Toronto-area emergency department chief must be willing to be identified if legal action is to take place, Toronto health lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Health professional misconduct hearings: How to dim the media spotlight

Health professionals charged with misconduct by their College should adopt a careful, strategic approach when dealing with the media, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

Democratizing health information

By Kate Dewhirst . That sounds lofty, doesn’t it? Read more

It's vital to show complaints panel a path to correct decision: Rosen

Health professionals subjected to a College investigation can go a long way towards avoiding serious consequences for minor complaints if they answer the complaint appropriately, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Gaining confidence as a lawyer a three-step cycle: Dewhirst

One of the most valuable attributes a lawyer can have is confidence — but most do not know how to build or protect it, Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst , tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Regulatory bodies’ role in policing professional designations

When medical practitioners tout false or misleading information about their professional designations, it puts the public at risk, Burlington health lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Court awards damages to physician dismissed from hospital

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a physician who was terminated without cause is entitled to damages despite any difficulties he may have had in the workplace, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Ignore complaints to college at your own peril: Sunshine

Health professionals need to pay close attention to complaints lodged against them with their college because the consequences can be dire, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine . Read more

SSOs create buying power for hospitals, fairness for vendors

The use of shared-service organizations (SSO) for the procurement of goods and services in the health sector can provide better value for money and a more transparent process, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more