OMA statement regarding: To Zero
Ontario Medical Association statement regarding: To Zero: Independent Report of the Minister's Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
OMA statement regarding: To Zero
Ontario Medical Association statement regarding: To Zero: Independent Report of the Minister's Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
September 11, 2016

“Physicians are granted a unique position of trust with patients and the vast majority of Ontario’s 29,000 practising doctors uphold that sacred trust. Physicians have been clear that the profession has a zero tolerance policy where it comes to sexual abuse of patients.

More than 20 years ago, it was doctors who took a leadership role in identifying sexual abuse of patients as a matter of vital importance for our patients and the health-care community. Since that time the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, has worked to develop clear and fair rules and procedures to guide the complaints, investigation, and discipline processes. However, processes can and should always be examined and improved.

Continuous quality improvement is part of the medical culture and the Ontario Medical Association welcomes opportunities for positive change. Ontario’s doctors will be constructive participants in the dialogue about how to better support patients who have been victimized by the health professionals who have the privilege of caring for them.”

Dr. Virginia Walley
President,
Ontario Medical Association