Annual Report 2016 - Page 21

PROTECTING Sexual Abuse Better Support and Protection of Patients T hrough our Sexual Abuse Initia- tive, we advanced several legislative proposals to strengthen penalties and make sexual abuse prosecutions more effective and efficient under our governing legislation. When Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act, was introduced in December 2016, we were pleased to see a number of our recommendations reflected in the Bill, including: • requiring mandatory revocation for all physi- cal sexual contact between a physician and patient; • requiring mandatory revocation for physi- cians found guilty of specified criminal sex- ual offences, and for being found by another regulatory body to have sexually abused a patient; • increasing privacy protections for witnesses in relation to their personal medical records where they are sought from a third party by the physician; • guaranteeing full party status and legal representation for witnesses where the physician tries to obtain the witness’s private medical records from a third party during a discipline hearing. “ Through our Sexual Abuse Initiative, we advanced several legislative proposals to strengthen penalties. ” In early 2017, the College reviewed the proposed legislation carefully and fully participated in the legislative process to help ensure the regulatory system had the tools needed to ensure patient protection. Bill 87 received Royal Assent on May 30, 2017. ANNUAL REPORT 2016 21