New legislation to protect patients from sexual misconduct and abuse by healthcare professionals

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Latest News

The Hon. Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Minister of Health, today introduced Bill 21, “An Act to Protect Patients,” which will enhance protection of patients receiving care from physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Read the government’s news release and the draft legislation.

The Minister said her intention is to have the new legislation in force by April 1, 2019.

CPSA supports this initiative. We were consulted by Alberta Health and our input was taken into account. The legislation gives us new tools to increase transparency and address serious cases of sexual misconduct and abuse. While this will directly impact only a very small number of physicians, it sends a message to the profession and the public that we’re taking the broader issue of sexual misconduct seriously, and it will help maintain public confidence in the profession.

We’ll provide more detail in the next few days once we’ve reviewed the draft legislation. In the meantime, if you have questions, please call us at 780-423-4764 or 1-800-561-3899.