Surely patients in a just society should not be penalized for having a genetic predisposition to a potentially fatal disease.The claim also pointed to guidelines from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease which similarly question the six-month sober rule, noting that transplant rejection and survival rates are similar between recipients with alcohol related disease and other recipients. After initially vigorously fighting Debra’s challenge, lawyers for the province approached her last May and convinced her to put her case on hold while transplant listing criteria were reviewed. The lawyers admitted that the research Debra presented “did not necessarily bolster their position”. Debra ended up pulling out of the agreement she made with the lawyers after a series of delay and backtracks. However, in the meantime, Trillium agreed to the pilot project.
I’m very proud that up to 97 or 98 people will get the opportunity to have a new life…nd I’m very hopeful the practice will continue.This pilot project will likely have a deep impact on patients with alcohol related liver disease. Currently, approximately 2,800 Canadians with alcoholic liver disease die annually. This project may decrease those numbers. We will continue to follow developments in this matter, and will provide updates as they become available. At Wise Health Law, we provide exceptional guidance on health law matters to public hospitals and other health-care organizations across the province. We monitor trends and developments in health care, medicine, and health law so that we can provide forward-thinking legal and risk management advice to each of our clients. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.
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.
Like other professionals, pharmacists have been adjusting to an expanded scope of practice as all health professionals work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We wrote about some of these changes in our previous blog posts.
Last week, the Minister of Health made additional changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act relevant to pharmacy professionals. Now, members of the Ontario College of Pharmacists — including pharmacists, interns, registered pharmacy students, or pharmacy technicians — can administer coronavirus vaccines by injection. These individuals must be certified to administer vaccines and must do so while being engaged by an organization that has an agreement with the Minister governing the administration of the vaccine (e.g., a hospital).