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Statement by Ontario´s Minister of Health on Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004

March 4, 2015

Today Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on putting patients first with a review of the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004:

“Ontario is committed to transparency, open government and building a health care system that puts patients first.

In August 2014, I asked my ministry to establish a committee to review and provide advice on the implementation of the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004, and related legislation. I would like to thank the committee for their work and their thoughtful recommendations on strengthening our culture of transparency and quality improvement in Ontario’s health care system.

Although Ontario is home to some of the country’s most competent and well-intentioned health care professionals, mistakes can and sometimes do happen. When a critical incident occurs, health care professionals need to be able to freely examine all sides and circumstances of the care provided. This enables them to understand what went wrong and what can be done to prevent a similar incident from happening again. Patients and families also have a role to play in improving the quality of care for all patients.

The government will work with our health care partners, including patient groups, to determine what steps we will take in response to the review’s recommendations.

People deserve to know they are protected by a health care system that is accountable, transparent and ensures the highest quality care. This review and our consideration of the expert panel’s recommendations is one of many steps we are taking to further ensure transparency in the health care system.”

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