December 15, 2017:  A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

No new bills of interest.

 

Status of Previously Reported Bills

 

Bill

Status

  • Bill 160 – Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017
Royal Assent received on December 12, 2017.  
  • Bill 174 – Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statue Law Amendment Act, 2017 
Royal Assent received on December 12, 2017.   
  • Bill 182 – Compassionate Care Act, 2017
Before the Standing Committee on General Government.

 

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

Proposed amendments to the following regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA)

  • 95/03 – Specification of Virulent Diseases
  • 553 – Areas Comprising Health Units
  • 559 – Designation of Municipal Members of Boards of Health
  • 558/91 – Specification of Communicable Diseases
  • 559/91 – Specification of Reportable Diseases
  • 565 – Public Pools
  • NEW – Personal Service Settings

 

These proposed amendments are related to Schedule 3 of Bill 160, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017, which includes amendments to HPPA to ensure Ontario’s high public health quality standards are met. If passed, Schedule 3 of Bill 160 must be proclaimed into force by the Lieutenant Governor.

 

Comments due: January 4, 2018.

 

For more information: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=25946&language=en

 

Health Newsroom

 

MOHTLC – Protecting People in Ontario from the Health Impacts of Cannabis

Ontario passes legislation to strengthen transparency in health care

Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017

 

Articles of Interest

 

MAID

Parkinson’s patient forced to battle bureaucracy around assisted death

 

Mental Health

BC Man defends province’s mental-health detention system following critical report

Most mental health patients don’t get timely psychiatric care in Ontario, study finds

 

Professional Misconduct

Memo to bullying doctors: Heal thyselves

 

Health Care

A Toronto doctor promised to help this acid attack survivor. One year later, she’s leaving Toronto with a new esophagus.

Hallway medicine is what ails Ontario’s hospital system