Category Archives: Inquiry and Investigations

Moral or religious objections and professional obligations

The standards of health care colleges may provide that professionals who refuse to provide specific kinds of care based on moral or religious grounds “must” provide patients with effective referrals to other health-care providers. Such standards may be in the…

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2017 regulatory round-up

In June, Lisa C. Fong and Angie Westmacott, Q.C., co-chaired a CLE session on self-regulating professions, where they, as well as Rebecca Durcan and Katrina Haymond, identified a number of ongoing, general trends in professional regulation: public skepticism about self-regulation;…

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Inquiry: Courts will not judicially review letters of criticism

Under B.C.’s Health Professions Act, some inquiry committees will issue letters of criticism to resolve complaints (under HPA s. 33(6)(b)) — letters that do not constitute formal disciplinary measures, like reprimands, but nonetheless warn registrants that their conduct is substandard, based…

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Inquiry: Why inquiry committees should provide robust reasons

Inquiry or investigation committees of self-regulating professions may wish to assess the extent they provide robust reasons when dismissing public complaints against registrants. Such an awareness should not be isolated to regulators whose complainants have a statutory right to reviews of…

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