Annual Report 2016 - Page 36

ENGAGING Dr. Joel Kirsh, College President Working with Government ing the sexual abuse and transparency provisions in the RHPA, and improving the complaints, in- vestigation and discipline processes. The College shares the government’s commitment to these objectives. We did, however, put forward a number of proposed amendments in two comprehensive submissions. In our submission on Bill 84, we stated that the Bill demonstrates respect for patient au- tonomy and access to care, two goals which have underpinned the College’s work on MAiD, and indeed underpin all of the College’s activities as a regulatory authority. Fast Fact A total of 36 55,803 calls were placed to our Public and Physician Advisory Services. COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO A number of pieces of legislation were intro- duced, both provincially and federally, of rel- evance to the College in 2016. Bill 119, Health Information Protection Act, 2016 requires Colleges to collect personal information from members that is necessary for the purposes of developing or maintaining the electronic health record (EHR), and ensuring that members are accurately identified for pur- poses of the EHR. In March 2016, the College made a submis- sion to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy about Bill 119 and asked for clarity on a number of elements of the Bill including how informa- tion is collected, new reporting responsibilities and consistency of language regarding mandatory reporting of privacy breaches. In May 2016, the College’s President Dr. Joel Kirsh made a submission to both the Senate and House of Commons’ Standing Committees ex- amining Bill C-14, an Act to amend the Crimi- nal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts. At the end of the last legislative session of 2016, two Bills were introduced that we had been anticipating: Bill 87, the Protecting Pa- tients Act, 2016 and Bill 84, Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016. In our submission for Bill 87, we noted and expressed support for its objectives: strengthen-