Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009
The Ontario government has introduced legislation that, if passed, would improve access to health care for Ontarians by enabling a number of health care professions to provide more services and improve patient safety.
Highlights of the legislation include :
Expanding the Services of Regulated Health Care Professionals:
- allowing nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dietitians, midwives and medical radiation technologists to deliver more services that they are now educated and competent to provide
- changing the rules for administering, prescribing, dispensing, compounding, selling and using drugs in practice for chiropodists and podiatrists, dental hygienists, dentists, midwives, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists and respiratory therapists
- removing restrictions on X-rays that can be ordered by nurse practitioners and enabling physiotherapists to order X-rays for specific purposes.
Improving Patient Safety and Strengthening the Health Care System :
- requiring health colleges to work together to develop common standards of knowledge, skill and judgement in areas where their professions may provide the same or similar services
- making team based care a key component of health college quality assurance programs which ensure the ongoing competence of registered health professionals
- requiring all regulated health professionals to have professional liability insurance
- creating a process to ensure new drug prescribing powers are used in the safest possible manner
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