Proposed Amendments to Regulation 965 made under the Public Hospitals Act

Regulation Number(s):
Regulation 965
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Public Hospitals Act
Summary of Decision:
The above mentioned regulation was filed on June 3, 2011. The regulation was filed as O. Reg. 216/11. The regulation was published on e-laws on June 7th, 2011 and published in the Ontario Gazette on June 18th, 2011.

Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 8, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing to amend Regulation 965 (Hospital Management) made under the Public Hospitals Act. The proposal would enable nurse practitioners to admit and discharge hospital in-patients.

Enabling nurse practitioners to admit and discharge hospital in-patients would provide Ontario's hospitals with a new health provider option for their admission and discharge planning. Hospitals would determine whether nurse practitioner admitting and discharging is appropriate for their organization.

To support hospitals in determining whether and how they may choose to utilize this new option, the ministry is proposing a staged approach to implementation such that discharging by nurse practitioners would be available to hospitals on July 1, 2011 and admitting on July 1, 2012.

These changes would make better use of our health human resources. For Ontarians this would mean increased access to care, reduced wait times and improved delivery of patient-centred care.

A link to a draft regulation is provided below. The draft is provided solely to facilitate public consultation. Should the decision be made to proceed with the proposal, comments received during consultation will be considered during the preparation of a final regulation.

For other proposals that relate to Nurse Practitioners (proposal 11-HLTC015), a link is provided below.
Contact Address:
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Health Human Resources Strategy Division
56 Wellesley Street West, 12th Floor
Toronto ON M5S 2S3
Effective Date:
June 3, 2011