We could have taken better care of Dan…t was like trying to care for a patient with one hand tied behind your back.
For her part, Ms. Gretzky has noted her disappointment with the progress of the Bill, telling the Windsor Star that she does not understand why the Bill "is not moving faster" since, to her knowledge, there has been no opposition to it. She argues that the Bill provides an opportunity to make better use of acute care beds at a time when hospitals are regularly operating over-capacity. She also notes that the Bill will give Ontario a chance to be a leader in palliative care. Ms. Gretzky has emphasized that Dan’s Law is simply “the right thing to do”, noting “these are people who don’t have long left”. We will continue to follow the progress of this legislation as lobbying efforts continue and will provide updates as they become available. At Wise Health Law, we provide exceptional guidance on health law matters to regulated health professionals, regulated health professional associations, public hospitals, and other health-care organizations across the province. We monitor trends and developments in health so that we can provide consistently forward-thinking legal and risk management advice to all of our clients. We have offices in both Toronto and Oakville, Ontario, and are easily accessible. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.
Ontario’s doctors support Dan’s Law to improve access to palliative home care. @Yasir_Naqvi, @jwilsonmpp & @BissonGilles please pass #Bill54 to allow palliative care patients the dignity of dying at home closer to their families. https://t.co/HHDqRlJepx #Onpoli pic.twitter.com/bIfGMCP4XK— Ontario Medical Assoc. (@OntariosDoctors) March 7, 2018
In the midst of COVID-19, the proceedings of many health colleges, and consequently of the health professionals they regulate, have been in limbo while everyone finds a way forward.
On March 25, 2020, the Ontario government enacted the Hearings in Tribunal Proceedings (Temporary Measures) Act, 2020 (the “Act”) to help the process along.
The Act empowers statutory tribunals with more discretion over how proceedings before them are held.
Effective 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, the Ontario government ordered the closure of “non-essential” workplaces. The list of “essential” workplaces included “health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists”.
The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (“CCO”) interprets this list as including chiropractors, and we agree.
So the question becomes – what is “emergency care”?