...what failings in our long-term care homes system could allow Elizabeth Wettlaufer to seriously harm or kill 13 residents in long-term care homes and attempt to kill a home-care client in her own home without detection, while working as a registered nurse.To date, the Commission’s legal team has reviewed more than 41,000 documents in investigations into:
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In recent weeks, the CPSO has placed restrictions on the certificates of practice of certain physicians, banning them from providing medical exemptions in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations, mandatory mask requirements and testing for COVID-19.
On October 27, 2021, the CPSO suspended one physician from practice entirely related to such activity.
How is the CPSO able to take such action?
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).