Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hospitals still use flawed secrecy law to review medical errors

As the government drags its heels over amending the health secrecy act, hundreds of critical care incidents are still being investigated under the flawed legislation, the Star has learned.

Hospitals continue to invoke a controversial health secrecy law when they investigate critical medical errors, despite a government report that in March highlighted serious flaws in the legislation.

In the past week, the Star has surveyed 15 hospitals in the GTA and found more than 200 critical or severe incidents had been handled under the act since April 2014 — most of those while the legislation was under active review by the province. This includes at least 11 patient deaths...



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