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Doctors, dentists, pharmacists: The mistakes you can’t know about

Kenyon Wallace, Staff Reporter, The Star

More than 2,000 secret cautions were issued to Ontario health-care professionals – doctors, nurses, dentists and others – for mistakes or improper behaviour in the past five years. The cautions, mostly prompted by patient complaints, were handed down by the colleges that regulate the province’s front-line health workers and are kept permanently on their records. Colleges can deal with verified complaints through public disciplinary actions by issuing secret cautions, but patients have no way of finding out from the colleges if their health-care providers have been cautioned.

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