Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Increase health professional accountability and transparency

Weak enforcement and penalties by some regulatory colleges for health professionals are leaving people at risk and undermining the seriousness of sexual abuse. In addition, pharmaceutical (and other) firms are known to transfer tens of millions of dollars to Ontario health professionals annually without our knowledge.

This is unacceptable to RNAO. This is why we wrote a submission to the Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division and Ontario’s Regulatory Registry on proposed regulations under the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, respectively.

In our submissions, we recommend 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 health professional college, with the Minister of Health’s oversight to sustain accountability. This is consistent with previous recommendations made by the Minister’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act.

In response to the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, RNAO applauded the broad definition of recipients within the health sector (including all regulated health professionals), and also applauded the careful inclusion of all benefits transferred from the medical industry (not just monetary), however, has recommended no exemption for health professionals employed by the medical industry.

RNAO welcomes the proposal to include pharmacies, laboratories and specimen collection centres as payors under the regulation.

To learn more, please read our submission to the Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division and our submission to Ontario’s Regulatory Registry. Please also read our letter to the editor about the sexual abuse of patients published in the Toronto Star.

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