CARNA supports the Alberta government’s new law to ensure Albertans are safe when accessing health-care services.
Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients, establishes mandatory penalties for sexual abuse and misconduct by all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) including registered nurses, nurse practitioners and those on the temporary and courtesy registrar.
Going forward, new applicants are now required to submit a criminal reference check and disclose any completed or ongoing conduct investigation under the HPA, or equivalent in another jurisdiction. In the future, we may also require a vulnerable sector check.
After April 1, 2019, if a hearing tribunal finds a CARNA member’s action to constitute sexual abuse, that member’s practice permit will be permanently cancelled. When a hearing tribunal finds actions constitute sexual misconduct, the member’s practice permit will be suspended.
The bill requires disciplinary actions for sexual abuse and misconduct to be clearly and consistently posted online. The bill also requires that survivors are provided with access to treatment and counselling.
CARNA will continue to communicate how Bill 21 impacts patients, members, employers, and others as we finalize details.
If you have any questions about Bill 21, please contact Wafa Nuradin, Government Relations and Public Health Policy Lead at 1.800.252.9392 ext. 514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.