Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

RNAO Submission on Bill 87: Protecting Patients Act, 2016

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Submission

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

Summary of RNAO recommendations – Schedule 3: Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA)

Recommendation 1. Proceed with the inclusion of nurse practitioners (NP) "registered nurse in the extended class" in the ODBA (Sections 1, 3 and 4 of Schedule 3 of Bill 87) and ensure NPs are included under all relevant sections to maximize access to all medications within their scope of practice.

Recommendation 2. Amend the ODBA (Sections 1 and 3 of Schedule 3 in Bill 87) to include registered nurses (RN) in anticipation of their expanded scope of practice.

Summary of RNAO recommendations – Schedule 4: Regulated Health Professionals Act, 1991 (RHPA)

Recommendation 3. Amend Bill 87 to mandate the creation of a new centralized regulatory body and independent tribunal to oversee all cases of alleged sexual abuse of patients by members of a professional college, with the minister's oversight to sustain accountability, as outlined in the minister's task force report.

Recommendation 4. Proceed with RHPA amendments proposed in Schedule 4 of  Bill 87, to give regulatory colleges more power to protect the public by issuing interim suspensions to members accused of sexual misconduct ( Clause 15 - i.e. RHPA Schedule 2, 25.4(1)) and mandatory revocation of a member's license  (Clause 19(2) - i.e. subsection 51(5) of RHPA Schedule 2)) if found guilty.

Recommendation 5. In Schedule 4 of Bill 87, amend clause 4(1) (i.e. subsection 36.1 (1) of the RHPA) to ensure information provided to the minister for HHR planning and research be devoid of personal information

Recommendation 6. Remove from Schedule 4 of the RHPA, clause 12(3) (i.e. subsection 23(5) of RHPA schedule 2.) which gives public access to member's personal information.

Recommendation 7. Amend the definition of "patient" in Bill 87  Schedule 4, Clause 7 (i.e. subsection 1(6) of  RHPA Schedule 2) to remove time restriction of one year, keeping in line with the minister's task force recommendations outlined in the report.

Introduction

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act. RNAO will respond to Schedules 3 (Ontario Drug Benefit Act) and 4 (Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991), and identify the key elements of each for which we wish to respond.

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