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CMOH: measles update

13 February 2015

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) issued a memo regarding measles for health sector workers and employers. Click here to read the memo (PDF) which includes directives for health care professionals.

PHO measles information

06 February 2015

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is working with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, local public health units and other partners to monitor and assess current and potential cases of measles.
The PHO measles webpage may be found here. Its most recent update (PDF), which contains information about diagnostic laboratory testing, may read or downloaded by clicking here.

OFC Cycle 2 Report

05 February 2015

The Office of the Fairness Commissioner's (OFC) second cycle of assessments are now available in its report, Assessment of Registration Practices: Progress and Problems in 2013–14. The CMLTO is one of the seven regulators that received no recommendations for improvement during that cycle, indicating that CMLTO application practices are fair. Click here to read the report.

TPH: measles confirmed in Toronto

03 February 2015

Toronto Public Health (TPH) issued an Alert for health care professionals concerning four unlinked lab-confirmed cases of measles. Click here to read the Alert which includes assessment and testing information.

CMLTO Event calendar updated

28 January 2015

The CMLTO Event calendar page has been updated with 2015 listings of events which may interest MLTs.
To request a CMLTO representative deliver a presentation at your organization, please e-mail memberrelations@cmlto.com

CMLTO's transparency measures: sexual abuse prevention

23 January 2015

In October 2014, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins asked the Councils of Ontario’s regulatory health Colleges to make transparency a priority objective in their strategic plans, if it is not yet a stated priority.

In December 2014, Minister Hoskins established a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. He then asked each College to report on the current status and operations of its patient relations program’s measures for preventing and dealing with the sexual abuse of patients by January 23, 2015.

Click here
to read the Minister’s request and click here to read CMLTO’s response.

CMLTO's transparency initiatives

01 December 2014

In October, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins asked the Councils of Ontario’s regulatory health Colleges to make transparency a priority objective in their strategic plans, if it is not yet a stated priority. Further, Minister Hoskins directed the Councils to take concrete steps to develop and establish measures that will continuously increase transparency in College processes and decision-making, and that will make more information available to Ontarians.

The Minister wants “to ensure that all Ontarians have access to information that is relevant and timely, useful and accurate – information that evokes public confidence and enhances the public’s ability to make informed decisions about their care.” As a result, he requested each Council to submit reports to him by December 1, 2014, outlining existing measures their College has in place to enhance transparency and new measures it will develop to increase transparency in College processes, decision-making and information disclosure.

You may read the CMLTO’s response (PDF) which details its measures and processes that demonstrate and support transparency to the public and members. 

MLT Scope of Practice Survey results released

27 November 2014

The CMLTO launched a survey to evaluate the current knowledge of the MLT Scope of Practice and to explore MLTs’ involvement in professional practice activities within and beyond their current Scope of Practice. The online survey, which was composed of seven questions, was launched in July 2014 and closed on August 1, 2014. The survey link was sent to 800 randomly selected Practising MLTs. 
Read or download the survey results (PDF) now.

REVISED: CMOH Ebola Directive #1

31 October 2014

This directive replaces Directive #1 issued on October 17, 2014.
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) issued a directive about personal protective equipment and procedures regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for health care workers. The purpose is to provide instructions to all acute care settings, and their management and employees, concerning precautions and procedures necessary to protect the health of workers and significantly reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Click here to read or download the revised directive (PDF) and click here for the fact sheet summarizing changes to Directive #1.
Further directives for other settings, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), primary care and laboratories; and concerning training, testing, transportation of specimens, waste disposal and other matters will follow. 

Blood Regulations come into force

23 October 2014

Health Canada announced the Blood Regulations and consequential amendments under the authority of the Food and Drugs Act, published in Canada Gazette, Part II, came into force October 23, 2014. 
The Blood Regulations Guidance Document (PDF) contains safety requirements with respect to blood for transfusion or for further manufacture and apply to all establishments that handle blood.
For more information visit this Health Canada page.