GROUP SAYS HOSPITALS SHOULD BE INSTANTLY INFORMED ABOUT COMPLAINTS AGAINST HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Jul 29, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario hospitals should be automatically informed – when health professionals have been the subject of complaints to their regulatory bodies.

That’s a call from the umbrella group representing Ontario’s 145 hospitals.

Currently, health professionals are required to disclose the information to hospitals – if their self-regulatory colleges have taken action against them – in response to complaints.

But Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons admits that doesn’t always happen.

The call comes a few days after a report that Humber River Hospital’s chief of staff was ordered by the College – to appear for a verbal warning – after a complaint was received about Doctor Jack Barkins’ care of a 91-year old man, who died days after minor elective surgery.

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