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Defining death won't stop disputes over ventilation removal

A legislated definition of death would do little to prevent court challenges from family members who believe their loved ones are still alive after they've been declared ... Read more

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Compliance necessary with new Canada Free Trade Agreement

With the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in force for one year as of July 1, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson says it’s an apt time for public-sector health ... Read more

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Physician privileges case shows limited jurisdiction of HRTO

A case involving a physician illustrates the limited jurisdiction of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) over unfair — but not discriminatory — interference ... Read more

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Decision doesn't address nurse's freedom of expression rights

A recent court decision is concerning because of the way it chose not to interfere with a discipline committee’s sanction of a nurse who expressed criticisms on Facebook ... Read more

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Health sector keeping close eye on nurse inquiry

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was disciplined several times over poor job performance but no one thought she was seriously harming ... Read more

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Dykeman to address ORCA spring roadshow event

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman is speaking at the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) spring roadshow where this year’s conference topic is ... Read more

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Dentist's case highlights reality that CAS report may trigger complaint

Media coverage of a mother who complained after her child’s dentist reported her to a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) for possible “oral neglect” highlights a ... Read more

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The importance of knowing how to interact with the media

No matter the level of public interest in your case, it’s critical to know how to deal with the media and to protect your client's image, Toronto health lawyer Tracey ... Read more

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Wettlaufer complaints, ability to keep working ‘key’ part of inquiry: Sunshine

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was the subject of multiple complaints but was given a positive reference letter and went on working ... Read more

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Training is your best weapon to guard against fraud

By Kate Dewhirst Recently, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released two new health privacy decisions. Decision 68  reads like a made for TV ... Read more

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Paper health records can cause serious privacy issues: report

By Kate Dewhirst A  new Canadian study  published in the American Medical Association journal  JAMA  found that hospitals have a serious issue when ... Read more

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How to run a smooth AGM

Small governance changes can translate into big improvements when it comes to the running of annual general meetings, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells ... Read more

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Dismissed charges not evidence of misconduct for health professionals

Health professionals with charges before the courts need the assistance of a criminal lawyer, but they should also access the legal services of counsel who handle regulatory ... Read more

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Five traps you should avoid when a patient complains

By Kate Dewhirst Every health care organization receives complaints. A complaint is any negative feedback received from a patient or family member of a patient about your ... Read more

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Rigid adherence to clinic procedures results in College complaint

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) recently confirmed a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and ... Read more

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Insurance company requests: Clinicians' FAQs answered

With almost two decades of experience advising clinicians, Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst has answered just about any question you can think of when it comes to ... Read more

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IPC issued new guidelines for disposing of electronic information

By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released new guidelines recently for  disposing of electronic media . These guidelines explain ... Read more

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Tips for clinicians dealing with insurance company requests

Clinicians must take care when answering requests for patient information from insurance companies, Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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CPSO publishes new draft policy on closing a medical practice

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing and updating its policy,  Practice ... Read more

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Review of discipline decision not available where right of appeal exists

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine   In this blog post, we summarize this case , a recent decision from the Ontario Divisional Court. Although the case ... Read more

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