Jan 11, 2013
By Michael Kramer
More than 2,000 times in the past five years, a range of Ontario health – care professionals including doctors and dentists have been “secretly cautioned” for mistakes or improper behaviour.
A report in the Toronto Star says the warnings were mostly prompted by patient complaints and were handed down by the colleges that regulate the province’s health workers.
But the newspaper says patients have no way of finding out from the colleges if their health-care providers have been cautioned.
That’s because a provincial law governing the health professions does not require the information to be made public.
The Star says Health Minister Deb Matthews has said she will look into the issue and talk to the colleges because the world is changing in terms of expectations around transparency and it’s important that the institutions keep up with expectations.