Update on Patients First Act, 2016, and plans for implementation

On October 6, 2016 the government reintroduced Bill 41the Patients First Act, 2016. The reintroduction of this legislation followed the December 2015 release of Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario and feedback from thousands of Ontarians on the proposal. Patients First: Reporting Back on the Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario provided a summary of what we heard from Ontarians, what we proposed to do through the bill, and how we will move forward with the new legislation.

On December 7, 2016 Ontario passed Bill 41: the Patients First Act, 2016. This represents an important milestone to bring the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care to life across the Ontario health system. This legislation will drive integration in our health care system, empower local health care planning, standardize and strengthen home and community care, and enhance our focus on population and public health.

We would like to invite you to a webinar for an update on the Patients First Act, 2016, and plans for implementation.  The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.  Participants will be encouraged to engage through a question and answer period.

The webinar will take place on Monday, December 12th, from 12:30-1:30pm and can be accessed via this link: http://www.vvcnetwork.ca/moh/20161212. No RSVP is required; however it is recommended that you log on 20 minutes in advance of the start time.

The webinar is open to all who wish to participate, so please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.