President’s Message #9 re: COVID-19 – Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Ministry of Health today announced that, after approximately 2 1/2 months in which health professionals were limited to providing urgent/emergency and telehealth services only to patients, it has amended Directive #2
to allow for “all deferred and non-essential and elective services carried out by Health Care Providers” to be gradually restarted, subject to a number of requirements contained in the amended Directive.
In other words, Ontario chiropractors can, under certain conditions, start the process of getting back to our work and our driving passion – providing the highest quality care for all our patients!
The documents detail what all health care professionals MUST consider in deciding which services can safely resume in-person, guided by the best clinical evidence and with appropriate hazard controls and sufficient PPE for practitioners and staff alike-and which services should continue to be provided remotely.
The amended directive also makes clear that all health care professionals must follow the restart guidance provided by their health regulatory college.
As a reminder, in my previous message I recommended that you prepare for today’s announcement by reviewing CCO’s ‘Guidance for Return to Practice for CCO Members when Authorized by Government‘, which details the actions to be followed when the go-ahead is given to restart your practices.
You also received two infographics summarizing these guidelines: one for members and the other for patients. As I wrote then, “This information provides authoritative direction and support for Ontario’s chiropractors in
prioritizing the safety of their patients, staff, colleagues and others visiting their practice.”
I will stress, though, that the CCO will be looking into any concerns about a practice not following any of these requirements, including, for example, the use of appropriate hazard controls and availability of sufficient PPE.
As we begin a cautious, careful and steady restart process, I know I can count on all of you to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct in your practices and in your service to your patients and the public.
And let me close by thanking you for your efforts and sacrifices so far. Your commitment to the health and safety of your patients, staff, and the public of Ontario has helped us get to this point where we can begin again to practise our profession in safe and caring clinics and workplaces. Thank you!
Dr. Dennis Mizel, President