Archive for April, 2009

The following is a portion of the new release that describes the RHPA introduced into the legislature. This umbrella legislation will involve the profession of dental hygiene and the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM). Please contact the CDHM office with any questions regarding this legislation. To read the entire news release, please visit the following site. http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=&item=5681

April 16, 2009

NEW LEGISLATION WOULD STRENGTHEN GOVERNANCE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS, ENHANCE PATIENT SAFETY: OSWALD

Updated, modern legislation would ensure all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform regulations with an enhanced focus on patient safety and accountability, Health Minister Theresa Oswald said today, following the introduction of the Regulated Health Professions Act.

“After consulting with over 60 organizations and individuals, we are introducing legislation that would create consistent regulation for all health professions and support the highest possible standards for patient safety,” said Oswald. “Modernizing legislation builds on the first-class care Manitoba’s health professionals deliver each day and reinforces our commitment to the highest standards for patient care.”

A number of provinces have moved to implement uniform regulation of health professions. The minister said Manitoba’s new legislation would strengthen the work already being done by health professionals’ regulatory bodies. There are currently 22 health professions in Manitoba that are governed by 21 separate pieces of legislation.

The legislation introduced today would:
· further strengthen patient safety by ensuring all regulatory bodies establish standards of practice, codes of ethics and competency standards;
· improve patient safety by regulating more clinical procedures;
· create consistent and fair complaint and disciplinary processes across all professional colleges;
· increase public representation on the boards of self-governing professions;
· provide improved accountability between the regulatory bodies and the government;
· establish a process to review requests from unregulated professions that wish to become self‑governing; and
· allow health professions to continue to be self-regulating.

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