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Health colleges given go-ahead to make cautions public

Kenyon Wallace, Staff Reporter, The Star

Ontario’s health ministry has given colleges that regulate doctors, dentists and other health-care workers the green light to make public the cautions issued for mistakes or improper behaviour. A Star investigation revealed patients are being kept in the dark about the warnings issued to health-care workers the colleges that oversee them. While the colleges do publicize the results of disciplinary actions, the Star found that cautions – some of them dealing with very serious issues – are kept secret. This means that patients have no way of finding out from the colleges if their health-care providers have been cautioned.

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