What should a dentist do if an instrument breaks during treatment?

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . In a recent decision , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) affirmed the obligations of a dentist when a surgical instrument broke during treatment. Read more

Advice for health-care institutions on how to manage patient complaints

When patients complain, health-care facilities must avoid three common mistakes in how they respond, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells Read more

Privacy update – changes in managing privacy in health care

Privacy is such a dynamic area of law and health care that organizations need to pay attention to it constantly, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

Concepts health leaders need to know when interacting with police

By Kate Dewhirst . I am often asked by health leaders what to do when police arrive and need information about patients. Read more

Oral caution unreasonable for retired nurse

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . In a recent review , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) found that the decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (the Committee) of the College of Nurses of Ontario to require a retired nurse to receive an oral caution to be unreasonable and substituted advice for the nurse instead. Read more

Legal pot should spark healthy dialogue among care providers

Although recreational marijuana is now legal, hospital staff should not ask patients if they are users unless it’s relevant to their treatment, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine , tells Read more

Lessons for Ontario health providers in Alberta privacy breach report

An Alberta privacy commissioner report has lessons for health information custodians (HICs) in Ontario, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Always scroll down: Dewhirst

By Kate Dewhirst . The forward email function should be used very carefully. Here’s why … Read more

New snooping case for health privacy

By Kate Dewhirst . Decision 74 recently released by the Information and Privacy Commissioner is another snooping case. Read more

Corporate policies no defence to disciplinary proceedings

Health professionals can’t use their employers to shield themselves from regulatory action, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Beware the scope of the CFTA

By Michael Gleeson . If your organization is a broader public sector organization that is subject to the procurement requirements of the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive (the Procurement Directive) and the (still relatively new) Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), then please take note that the CFTA applies to certain procurements that the Procurement Directive does not. Read more

Dialogue RFPs can provide for more innovative solutions

As procurements become increasingly more complex, organizations may want to consider dialogue request for proposals (RFPs) rather than the more traditional procurement process, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells . Read more

Want to know what a ransomware attack sounds like in healthcare?

By Kate Dewhirst . According to a CBC report published recently, a home medical services company was recently hacked and tens of thousands of health records for home care patients across Ontario were held for ransom. Read more

How many hats does your health organization wear?

When Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst advises organizations on how to protect themselves from legal risks, she often finds herself talking about hats — and occasionally about helipads. Read more

Health professionals: be alive to issues arising from patient cannabis use

Health professionals must prepare for a spike in cannabis use among patients following the drug’s legalization later this year, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more