• Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patient
  • November 8, 2018 | Authors: Katrina Haymond; James Casey
  • Law Firm: Field Law - Edmonton Office
  • In June of 2018, Alberta Health issued a Discussion Document indicating that the Government was considering amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) to better protect patients from sexual abuse by health professionals. The Discussion Document requested specific information from each college relating to how complaints alleging sexual abuse are handled, and listed a number of potential “strategies” that it was considering as part of the legislative review. Many of the strategies appeared to have been “borrowed” from Ontario’s Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) where extensive provisions have been enacted with respect to sexual abuse.