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(69) It is difficult to reconcile the opposing views on naturopaths' qualifications taken by the BCHCP and the HPRAC, but the concern about training content does not appear to have been met with solid refuting evidence.
(24) A health profession regulatory council generally advise the province's Minister of Health on "whether unregulated health professions should be regulated, whether regulated professions should no longer be regulated, amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, a health profession act or a regulation under those acts, quality assurance and patient relations programs of [the province's] health regulatory Colleges, and on other matters referred to it by the Minister." (Ontario's HPRAC website statement, <http://www.hprac.org/>).
The HPRAC tempered this statement, however: "On balance, HPRAC is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence in the current drug education of naturopathic doctors to recommend prescribing authority for traditional naturopathic remedies that have been rescheduled.
The HPRAC Critical Links policy report also supports this argument, but fails to cite any studies in support of it (HPRAC, supra at 263-264).
"Immigrants, non-English speaking persons, the physically and mentally challenged, persons with life threatening illnesses, and persons in counseling and psychotherapeutic relationships are more likely to be reluctant or challenged in their ability to make a complaint against a health professional" (HPRAC Report, supra note 16 at 2).
(17) It should be noted that those most likely to be abused may be the least likely to report abuse: "Immigrants, non-English speaking persons, the physically and mentally challenged, persons with life threatening illnesses, and persons in counselling and psychotherapeutic relationships are more likely to be reluctant or challenged in their ability to make a complaint against a health professional." HPRAC Report, ibid.at 3.
(33) HPRAC recommended that the investigatory role of the Complaints Committee be transferred to the Registrar with oversight maintained by the Complaints Committee.
The HPRAC Report rejects the recommendation but makes alternative recommendations designed to increase the support available to the Complainant.
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