Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced in the Ontario legislature in December that the Liberal government would bring in amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act to better protect patients.
Torkin Manes lawyer Lindsay Kantor was quoted in the Jan 3, 2017 Toronto Star article:
Although it’s unclear at this point what kind of regulation the minister might actually impose regarding committee and panel composition, lawyer Lindsay Kantor said decreasing the role of professionals in disciplinary hearings would be a concern.
“The legislation already protects the minimum involvement of the public in disciplinary hearings in order to ensure that members of the profession are not judged entirely by members of their profession,” said Kantor, who specializes in health law and professional discipline, and who has represented health professionals before discipline panels.
“And so it’s worrisome to me that these proposed revisions could create an environment where members of the profession are not being overseen by members of their own profession.”
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