Conclusion of the Clinic Regulation Project
Since 2015, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has been part of a partnership with 11 other health regulatory Colleges (the “Clinic Regulation Working Group”) to explore risks associated with a gap identified in clinic oversight in Ontario. The Clinic Regulation Working Group conducted research into the issue and held consultations to gather input from a variety of stakeholders. The Working Group developed a range of potential approaches that might help to address its concerns.
In September 2016, the Working Group submitted a report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and recommended that the government establish a forum for further examination and discussion of how best to ensure that Ontarians receive safe, patient-centred care in all settings.
Since submitting the report in September 2016, the Working Group has had ongoing discussions with the Ministry in an effort to ensure that Ministry is aware of the gap and its associated risks and engage in discussions about next steps. Throughout, Ministry staff have indicated interest in our work and have been receptive to further discussion.
However, it is our understanding that the Ministry is currently focused on other priorities, and cannot make concrete commitments to take action to address the clinic regulation issue at this time.
Accordingly, the Working Group believes that any further action at this time would not be fruitful, and has agreed to formally conclude the project.
The Working Group members are very pleased with the collaboration on this important project to pursue the public interest. CMTO sincerely thanks our registrants and stakeholders for their engagement and input throughout this project.