A directive has been made with immediate effect by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health under section 77.7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health has ordered all non-essential and elective services provided by Regulated Health Professionals be ceased or reduced to minimal levels. Allowable exceptions can be made for time sensitive circumstances to avert or avoid negative patient outcomes or to avert or avoid a situation that would have a direct impact on the safety of patients. Please click here to read the full directive for additional guidance.
Section 77.7(1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, permits the Chief Medical Officer of Health to issue a directive to any health care provider or health care entity respecting precautions and procedures to be followed to protect the health of persons anywhere in Ontario, if the Chief Medical Officer of Health is of the opinion that there exists or there may exist an immediate risk to the health of persons anywhere in Ontario. This directive has been issued to all Regulated Health Professionals, which includes member of this College.
Please be informed that it is a provincial offence to fail to comply with a directive under the Health Protection and Promotion Act punishable by a fine of up to $5000 for each day of non-compliance.
Members may contact the ministry’s Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272 or by email at email@example.com with questions or concerns about this Directive.