Ontario’s doctors’ amendments for Bill 41 ignored by government
Ontario’s doctors are disappointed that government members of the Standing Committee on Legislative Assembly declined to accept any of our proposed amendments to improve the government’s flawed Bill 41.
Ontario’s doctors’ amendments for Bill 41 ignored by government
Ontario’s doctors are disappointed that government members of the Standing Committee on Legislative Assembly declined to accept any of our proposed amendments to improve the government’s flawed Bill 41.
December 2, 2016

Toronto, ON Dec. 2, 2016 – Ontario’s doctors are disappointed that government members of the Standing Committee on Legislative Assembly declined to accept any of our proposed amendments to improve the government’s flawed Bill 41.

For months, doctors have been raising concerns about Bill 41, the legislation to redesign primary care, including through an appearance by Dr. Stephen Chris, President-Elect of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) at Queen’s Park.

Wednesday, the government introduced a number of its own amendments to this flawed legislation. The OMA is supportive of these changes, and is pleased to see the government listening to concerns, and taking some small steps to protect patient privacy – an area of concern in the bill highlighted by the OMA and physicians across the province. The legislation proposed sweeping changes to the way care is delivered and the ability of government investigators to have access to patient’s private and confidential health records, without warrant or consent.

There are still aspects of Bill 41 that remain deeply concerning to doctors. Bill 41, as written, will potentially allow government to dictate the kind of care doctors should provide to patients. The legislation increases the amount of red tape and paper work for doctors, taking precious time away from providing direct patient care. Additional bureaucracy is a prominent feature of Bill 41, with the creation of up to 80 Sub-LHINs that will siphon health-care dollars away from the care patients need.

We appreciate MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) and the Ontario PC Caucus for putting forward our amendments that address the concerns of Ontario’s doctors.

We also thank the Ontario NDP Caucus, and especially MPP France Gelinas (Nickel Belt), for supporting many of the OMA’s proposed amendments.

As Bill 41 returns to the House for third reading, we call on the MPPs from all parties to stop this legislation until meaningful consultation can take place and the concerns of physicians are addressed.


Dr. Virginia M. Walley
President
Ontario Medical Association