Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

RNAO comments on proposed regulations under the RHPA, 2018

RNAO comments on proposed regulations under the RHPA, 2018

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all settings and roles 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 welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed new regulations under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 in support of legislative changes made under Bill 87.  RNAO had previously commented on Bill 87 – Protecting Patients Act, 2017 when it was brought before the Ontario legislature in the spring of 2017. Our written submission and speaking notes can be accessed on our website.   

Summary of RNAO Recommendations

Recommendation 1. Expand on the definition of "patient" in the RHPA regulations, keeping in line with the Minister's Task Force Report recommendations.

Recommendation 2. Proceed with the proposed approach to regulations, which will add criminal findings as well as disciplinary findings by professional colleges to the register.

Recommendation 3. Avoid listing sexual offences in regulations, which may inadvertently create a loophole for offenders. Instead draft an overarching statement, which would capture any inappropriate behaviour of a regulated professional towards a patient.

Recommendation 4. Create 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.

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