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Proposed new tests: Newborn Screening Ontario program

20 May 2020

The Ministry of Health is proposing to enhance newborn screening in Ontario by adding the tests for Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I), also known as Hurler Disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If the proposed amendments are approved the two tests would be added to the list of tests performed for the Newborn Screening Ontario program as an insured service. 

Please refer to the memo (PDF) for more information regarding the addition of these tests and the proposed amendments to Regulation 682, under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act, and Regulation 552, Schedule of Benefits for Laboratory Services, under the Health Insurance Act.

CMLTO response to MLTs as frontline workers

30 April 2020

The CMLTO views MLTs as key healthcare professionals providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic and at all times.

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Ontario government issued a statement regarding pandemic pay for frontline workers. The government did not consult with the regulatory Colleges (nor would it have been appropriate to do so) prior to announcing the increase. The list of eligible workers does not specifically mention MLTs, nor some other key regulated health professionals.

At this time, it appears that the government intends that the pandemic pay be provided to all eligible frontline staff, however, there are few details about how this will be implemented.

As a result of emails and questions from MLTs, the CMLTO suggests that MLTs who work at eligible workplaces ask their employers about their eligibility to receive the pandemic pay as those employers are likely developing processes to deliver it.

As the regulator, the CMLTO is not in a position to advocate on behalf of members—that is the role of the professional associations. The College does thank all medical laboratory professionals for their work to protect the public during these very difficult times.

Deadline extended: Call for Nominations for Election to CMLTO Council

27 April 2020

Deadline extended to June 19, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
The CMLTO exists for the protection of the public’s right to safe, high-quality health care through self-regulation and leadership of the medical laboratory technology profession. The Council establishes CMLTO’s strategic direction and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of public safety. 

The CMLTO invites members to be part of this process. Bring your knowledge, skill, and ability to Council and help shape the future. Click on the above image to read or download the poster (PDF).

To achieve an effective mix of skills and abilities, the Council has established selection criteria for Council Member nominations and appointments. These criteria are designed to increase understanding of the qualifications and expectations of Council Members and serve as a guide for candidates and for those who are nominating, and being nominated, for Council positions. Please click here for more information.

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