Regulators to host webinar, consultations on planned clinic regulation
Health care regulators in Ontario will be hosting a webinar on Nov. 18, about the proposed regulation of health care clinics. The webinar will be followed by a series of stakeholder consultations in six cities across the province between Nov. 23 and Dec. 9.
By Mari-Len De
Twelve professional health care regulators have formed a working group to explore the potential of clinic oversight and develop a regulation model. The consultations will discuss whether Ontarians will benefit from clinic regulation, among other things.
A number of health-care service providers in Ontario – such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, and medical and dental clinics – are regulated. However, there are many other clinics that currently have no regulatory oversight. The proposed clinic regulation aims to enhance oversight and “protect the interest of patients who receive health-care services from clinic.”
The consultation website provides more information about why the colleges are exploring clinic oversight, how it might impact health-care practitioners, and the type of clinic oversight model that the 12 health regulatory colleges want to explore further, according to the CCO.
Consultations will take place in:
Kitchener – November 23, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sudbury – November 25, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Windsor – November 26, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ottawa – December 1, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Toronto – December 2, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brampton – December 9, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Members of the clinic regulation working group include: College of Chiropractors of Ontario; College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario; College of Chiropodists of Ontario; College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario; College of Dental Technologists of Ontario; College of Kinesiologists of Ontario; College of Massage Therapists of Ontario; College of Naturopaths of Ontario; College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario; College of Opticians of Ontario; College of Physiotherapists of Ontario; College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.