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
As of July 1, 2021, all Ontario long-term care homes must implement COVID-19 immunization policies for their staff, students, and volunteers — regardless of the frequency or duration of these individuals’ attendance in a home. Current staff, students, and volunteers will have until July 31, 2021 to meet the policy requirements, subject to reasonable extension for unforeseen circumstances. Newly hired individuals will have 30 days from the first day they begin attending at the home.
It is no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the delivery of health services and the regulation of various health professions.
In a welcomed move, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) Council recently approved a new registration policy allowing the Registration Committee to issue a Certificate of Registration authorizing Independent Practice to applicants who have not completed Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE).
The test for the standard of care in medical negligence cases has remained untouched since the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1995 decision in ter Neuzen v. Korn.
On January 18, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeal in Armstrong v. Ward. Their unanimous decision maintains the status quo with respect to the standard of care in medical negligence cases.