Keelie McMahon can’t understand why police ignored years of allegations against paedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin


Keelie McMahon is angry and cannot fathom why it took so long for Tasmania Police to charge a paediatric nurse with child sex offences, as complaints piled up against him.

For years, James Geoffrey Griffin worked as a registered nurse at the Paediatric Centre at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH), on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry and at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre. He also worked as a massage therapist for children’s sporting teams.

In September 2019, Griffin, aged 69, was charged with a number of criminal offences involving the repeated sexual abuse of a child, after a woman told police he had abused her when she was 11 and he was 58.

James Griffin made admissions to police about his abuse of children.(Supplied)

By October 2019, four other women had spoken to police and made similar complaints of sexual abuse ranging from the late 1980s through to 2012.

Griffin died by suicide on October 19, 2019, and the coroner noted he had “made admissions” to police, and forensic searches of his home “located a significant amount of child exploitation material”.

An internal Tasmanian police review found the first allegation against Griffin was made in 2009 and there were issues with information sharing between agencies, such as child protection and police.

Keelie McMahon, who alleged she was first abused by Griffin when she was 14, said reading the review into how the investigation against the Launceston nurse was handled had made her angry.

“I read it two, three, four times and it just all sank in that this was happening while I was young, and that this was happening while he abused me, this was happening while multiple people I know were being abused,” she said.

Keelie McMahon reads a statement on an ipad tablet.
Keelie McMahon reads a statement regarding her abuser James Geoffrey Griffin.(ABC News)

“There are so many people out there suffering with trauma and having to deal with this everyday because they didn’t do their job.

“It just doesn’t make sense to me how so many people in such a high position could see that he was doing these things and just go ‘yeah let’s not worry about it, let’s not take it any further, let’s just let these children suffer and be abused’, just because they put it in the too-hard basket.” she said.

Trail of allegations

The review revealed police received information about potential child abuse in relation to Griffin in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019, when police finally charged him.

As far back as 2011, child protection told Tasmania Police of sexual assaults on two unidentified victims.

A spokesman for the Department of Communities Tasmania, which handles child protection, released a statement saying it was working closely with police to strengthen information-sharing procedures.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine apologised to Griffin’s victims.

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Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine apologised to Griffin’s victims.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

“We are truly sorry for any harm caused to the victims who were let down by deficiencies in our investigative processes at the time.”

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At the time of Griffin’s death he was a well-liked nurse on the children’s ward of the LGH.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

Ms McMahon said saying sorry did not ease the burden she carried every day.

“It doesn’t take away the mental trauma and everything that we’ve had to deal with and that we’re going to have to deal with for the rest of our lives.”

Survivors must be heard

The CEO of Tasmania’s Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) Jill Maxwell said the revelation about the lack of action over so many years highlighted the importance of survivors being heard.

“It takes a huge amount of courage for someone to talk about their experience as a survivor,” she said.

“If someone works up the courage to disclose that they’ve experienced sexual assault or sexual violence of any nature, how important it is for us to hear them and let them know we’ve heard them and that we believe them.”

“If that happens, it helps the survivor recover from the trauma much better than having not felt heard through any of that process.”

Ms Maxwell said she thought the culture of reporting sexual abuse was changing with evidence more survivors were coming forward.

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Keelie McMahon, pictured around the time of the alleged sexual abuse by James Geoffrey Griffin.(Supplied)

“But we’ve still got a long way to go as a community to change those attitudes about hearing their stories, believing them and addressing the system gaps that allows it to happen,” she said.

Ms McMahon said change needed to happen because for every child believed there might be another saved from abuse.

“I think I need to come to terms with the fact that police knew what he was doing and because of the police, I was abused, I lost my childhood, I continued to be abused by more people as I grew up because of this one event that could have been stopped,” she said.

“Now I just have to learn to deal with it, it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life.”

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New Parkinson’s specialist nurse joins Tweed-Byron network


People living with Parkinson’s disease in Northern NSW now have the support of a newly appointed Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse.

Rebecca Manners, who is trained and experienced in the care of people with the neurodegenerative condition, is based in Ballina.

She will support people living with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers who reside in the Tweed, Byron, and Ballina communities.

The position is being co-funded by Northern NSW Local Health District and Parkinson’s NSW.

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Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse model had already been proven to deliver benefits for people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

“This specialist position provides evidence-based advice and advanced nursing services and connects people with the support they require in their own community,” Mr Provest said.

“Where communities have access to a specialist nurse, people living with Parkinson’s, as well as their caregivers and family members, show significant improvements in their own wellbeing, with reduced levels of depression.

 

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“Hospital stays can also be reduced through the intervention of a specialist nurse.”

The new role is based at Ballina District Hospital, working across a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, visiting people in their home, hospitals and supporting the two Parkinson’s support groups in the region.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological condition in Australia, and the number of Australians affected is expected to continue to increase as the population ages.

Vice President of the Parkinson’s NSW Board David Veness said the appointment will make a huge difference for the local Parkinson’s community because this nursing model enables the delivery of seamless care across multiple settings including private homes, clinics, hospitals, and residential aged care.

 

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“Studies show that health outcomes are poorer for people living with Parkinson’s in regional areas compared to those in the city,” Mr Veness said.

“Also, the prevalence of Parkinson’s has been reported as higher in rural and remote areas, yet most of the specialist services for Parkinson’s are found in capital cities.

“This presents a major challenge.”

The nurses play a key role in meeting the needs of people living with Parkinson’s by liaising between patients and specialists, educating aged care facilities, health care professionals, and pharmacists and administering advanced nursing practices.

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses also provide support during hospital stays and help with referrals to complementary therapies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology.



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Tasmania Police took years to charge alleged paedophile nurse who worked with children, review finds


An internal review into how Tasmania Police handled its investigation into an alleged paedophile nurse has revealed the police were told of allegations he was abusing children as early as 2009.

It took another 10 years for police to charge James Geoffrey Griffin, and only after a complaint was received by an alleged victim.

Even after police received the formal complaint, it took from early May until the end of July for his workplace, the Launceston General Hospital, to be informed of the allegations.

The review revealed the agency received information about potential child abuse in relation to Mr Griffin in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The first report to police came from an interstate police agency alleging Griffin had taken photos of children in a public place.

Police investigated that report by executing a search warrant and speaking to Griffin, but found no evidence of an offence.

Tasmania Police’s review found it handled those allegations appropriately.

The 2013 report related to allegations of “inappropriate touching and grooming behaviour” by Mr Griffin.

Police referred the matter to child protection, who spoke to Mr Griffin and the alleged victim.

Both denied the allegations, so the file was closed and police took no further action. Police did not speak to Mr Griffin nor the potential victim.

The 2015 report related to a referral from the Australian Federal Police related to Griffin and sexual offending and child exploitation material.

“Deficiencies in the management of this information by Tasmania Police have been identified and are the subject of a current Professional Standards investigation that relates to the Police Service Code of Conduct,” the review said.

As a result of the internal review, Tasmania Police said it had now implemented a specialist investigative and policy team to improve processes and procedures related to investigations into child sex abuse.

Mr Griffin took his own life in October 2019 after being charged with multiple child sex offences.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine apologised to Mr Griffin’s alleged victims for any harm caused by the deficiencies identified in the report.

“I think this has fallen short of everyone’s standards, we need to make sure we continue to learn and evolve in relation to these matters.”

Commissioner Hine said he wanted to reassure victims they could safely come forward and that their “matters will be pursued”.

The report identified problems in information sharing across agencies, particularly with the Department of Communities, and called for a review of investigative guidelines of child sex offences.

Premier Peter Gutwein said the government would provide an addition $1.5 million in funding for a historic complaints’ review process lead by a specialist team within Tasmania Police, looking particularly at police and Department of Communities files.

“My expectation is that no stone be left unturned,” Mr Gutwein said.

‘The voice of victims matters’

Mr Gutwein also apologised to survivors of child sex abuse “where any agency may not have handled information appropriately”.

“The voice of victims matters, it truly does, and any victims of child sex abuse, whether historic or contemporary, need to know that they can come forward, and that when they do, they will be heard and appropriate action will be taken.

The report won’t be made public before the Commission of Inquiry into child abuse in the state service — Tasmania’s version of a royal commission – gets underway later this year.

The Government announced the Commission last year and since then 14 state service employees have been stood down over historical allegations of sexual abuse.

Some questions from the media would not be answered by Commissioner Hine and Mr Gutwein because they said they didn’t want to prejudice the commission’s proceedings.

“We are being as open and transparent as we can; on legal advice we cannot provide more information other than the Outcomes Report without prejudicing the Commission of Inquiry or identifying victims,” Commissioner Hine said in a statement.

“It is essential that the Inquiry is not impeded in its full examination of all matters.”

There is also a continuing internal police investigation around how information was dealt with, but Commissioner Hine wouldn’t be drawn on the number of people involved in that because it is ongoing.

Mr Gutwein said this report was a starting point for a lot more improvements and a lot more shocking developments.

“In terms of the commission of inquiry, Tasmanians needs to brace themselves, I think there will be a range of matters brought forward that will concern and shock Tasmanians.”

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Elderly patients in regional Australia face long trips for COVID-19 vaccine, nurse practitioner warns


Health centres operated by nurse practitioners say their exclusion from the initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan is unfair to rural and regional Australians.

Under the Federal Government’s phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, only accredited general practices — defined as health centres with a GP in attendance more than 50 per cent of the time — can administer the vaccine.

Di Thornton, a nurse practitioner who runs a health practice in the remote town of Murrayville in north-west Victoria, said the guidelines did not take into consideration the shortage of GPs in regional areas.

Her health practice has a GP just one day a week.

Ms Thornton said many of her 2,000 regular patients were elderly and would have to travel long distances to receive a vaccine under the current plans.

“Myself and my practice nurses are fully accredited immunisation providers — however, that’s not enough,” she said.

“Nobody thought about the smaller rural areas, I’m absolutely sure.”

Residents of towns like Murrayville, in Victoria’s Mallee region, may have to travel to be vaccinated.(ABC News: Grace Whiteside)

Reaching the regions

Phase 1B is intended to target the elderly and vulnerable, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and high-risk workers using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

National Rural Health Alliance chief executive Gabrielle O’Kane said rural and remote Australians should be among the first to receive a vaccine, as they had less access to medical services and a higher level of disease and injury than their metropolitan counterparts.

Like Ms Thornton, she said regional areas would need more people than just GPs trained to deliver vaccinations.

“Per head of population there aren’t as many doctors and nurse practitioners as in metropolitan areas, so it’s going to put pressure on the whole system,” Ms O’Kane said.

“We want to make sure that, because we have workforce shortages, there is a flexible workforce that can get to all of those smaller populations.”

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Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid was confident vulnerable citizens would not miss out in the early phases of vaccinations utilising only accredited general practices.

“The question is how convenient that will be,” he said.

“For people living in very small towns without medical practitioners, extra effort is going to have to be made to make sure vaccinations are available for all those vulnerable people.”

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Dr Korshid said GPs should be used primarily because they could handle questions of consent and deal with potential side effects of the vaccine, and were familiar with multi-dose vaccines.

He warned, however, that the number of sites for vaccinations needed to be increased after phase 1B to adequately serve regional Australia.

He said the Federal Government planned to have 1,000 sites for phase 1B.

“Clearly as we move into phase 2 we need thousands of sites to be involved.”

Travel not easy for all

Ms Thornton said for some of her vulnerable patients, travel could be an obstacle to receiving a priority vaccine.

“The 1B rollout is supposed to be aimed at the more vulnerable population. Most of our people who live in the rural and remote community are elderly — how are they going to get vaccinated?” she said.

“If we’re not doing it, how is the Government expecting that these people will be vaccinated, particularly those that can’t travel?

The Federal Department of Health has been contacted for comment.

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Nurse who dealt cocaine with husband keeps registration


A Coffs Harbour nurse has avoided losing her registration following a conviction for dealing cocaine.

In 2019 Lauren Russ was convicted of assisting her husband supply cocaine on six occasions from their family home just outside Coffs Harbour.

At the time of her arrest, Ms Russ was working as a registered nurse in the surgical ward of Coffs Harbour hospital, where she had been working for close to ten years.

This week the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal issued a formal reprimand and ordered Ms Russ, by consent, pay costs of $8000 to the Health Care Complaints Commission.

The Commission was seeking the cancellation of Ms Russ’ registration, claiming the offence rendered her “unfit in the public interest” to practice nursing.

However, the Tribunal was “not persuaded” the offences, along with an admission of occasional use of the drug herself, rendered her unfit.

In its findings the Tribunal noted that evidence indicated the offences were “not emblematic of her fundamental character” or capacity to conduct herself as a nurse.

Lauren Russ worked at Coffs Harbour hospital for close to ten years, including at the time of the offences.

“There is no evidence that Ms Russ’s involvement in her husband’s illegal drug activities affected her professional competence as a nurse,” the findings stated.

After a suspension on her registration was lifted in 2020, Ms Russ was required to work under “indirect supervision”, a condition which remains in place, however she has not worked as a nurse since being convicted in 2019.

In a statement provided to the Tribunal, Ms Russ said the past 12 months had been the “most challenging of my life”, becoming a single mother while her husband was in prison and being forced to sell the family home.

Ms Russ acknowledged the harm she had caused the community, immediate family and her “nursing family” through the supply of a dangerous substance.

“Nothing compares to (the) embarrassment and shame I feel knowing that I have contributed to drugs being in our society,” she said.

During the proceedings Ms Russ stated her husband began using cocaine in 2017 to “keep himself going” after becoming depressed during a downturn in his concreting business.

She became aware he was selling the drug when he gave her a “heads up” people would come to the property to pick up and drop off things, before her involvement escalated from “turning a blind eye” to assistance in drug supply.

The Tribunal was satisfied it is highly unlikely Ms Russ would again turn a blind eye or assist her husband in any illegal activity and were satisfied the reprimand, which will remain on her public record of registration, would operate as personal and general deterrence.



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A New York critical care nurse has become the first health care professional in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Former IMH nurse gets jail and caning for sexual offences against patients, ex-colleagues


SINGAPORE: A former Institute of Mental Health (IMH) nurse tasked to care for patients – including those who were severely mentally ill and suicidal – abused his position and committed sexual offences against them instead.

The 36-year-old man – who cannot be named due to gag orders imposed by the court – was sentenced on Monday (Dec 28) to four years, nine months and one week’s jail and 10 strokes of the cane.

He molested patients and took videos of them when they were naked. At the time of the incident, some of his victims were warded in the High Dependency Psychiatric Care Unit, a highly specialised ward for patients who are actively disturbed, suicidal or severely mentally ill. 

Other victims include his then-colleagues and a pregnant woman who responded to an advertisement he posted for a photoshoot model.

The man was caught in March this year by a victim who saw him take an upskirt video of her on an escalator at a train station.

The police arrested the man on Mar 4 this year at IMH and seized his phones. Four types of videos were found in them – upskirt videos of IMH staff and members of the public, videos of IMH nurses changing, videos of IMH patients showering and videos of the accused molesting IMH patients.

As part of his duties caring for patients in the High Dependency Psychiatric Care Unit, the man had to monitor patients in the shower to ensure they did not commit acts of self-harm.

Usually, nurses are assigned to wards of their corresponding gender, but the man would occasionally be asked to carry out duties in the female ward by the nurse in charge of the shift.

Investigations found that he had filmed nine female patients in the unit.

He also molested a victim at the unit who had been restrained to a hospital bed, and filmed himself committing the crime.

The man also outraged the modesty of another patient who had been sedated for aggression.

In a separate incident, the man posted an advertisement online for a pregnant model for a photoshoot. He asked the woman who responded to the ad to wear a dress that clearly showed her pregnancy bump and met her at Chinese Gardens.

While instructing her to face away from him, the man took five upskirt videos of the pregnant woman before placing the videos in an application that password-protected the clips.

The man, who is married with four children, pleaded guilty to eight charges of molestation, insulting a woman’s modesty and various acts of voyeurism. Another 34 similar charges were taken into consideration. He has been diagnosed with voyeuristic disorder.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Thiagesh Sukumaran asked for 58 months’ jail and 13 strokes of the cane, taking into account “the large number of offences, the repugnant and sickening abuse of the accused’s position” and “how the accused compromised the physical integrity and dignity” of the patients under his care.

Nurses are at the heart of our healthcare system, he said, but the accused instead perpetrated “egregious abuse at a public hospital”, with his “despicable conduct” striking “at the very ethos of nursing” and threatening to “grossly taint and mar the efforts of healthcare workers everywhere”. 

Defence lawyers Mato Kotwani and Ashwin Ganapathy asked instead for not more than 57 months and a week’s jail, and no more than nine strokes of the cane.

Mr Kotwani said his client’s decision to plead guilty stemmed from his remorse.

“He is truly sorry for the hurt and pain he has caused to the victims and their families,” he said. 

He added that his client has made “unqualified confessions to the police, fully assisting in their investigations”.

District Judge Luke Tan said he broadly agreed with the prosecution, adding that the accused has “really done a great disservice” to the nursing profession.

IMH said in response to queries from CNA that it takes a serious view of the incident. It has also since tightened protocol for staff members working in mixed-gender wards.

“IMH takes a serious view of the incident and staff conduct, and had fully cooperated with the police in their investigations,” said an IMH spokesperson, adding that the accused was dismissed on Mar 11. 

“We had also reached out to the affected staff and patients, addressed their concerns, and provided support to them,” the spokesperson said.

“Following the charge in court, we have reminded all staff to adhere to the hospital’s code of conduct. We also further tightened our protocol for staff working in mixed-gender wards.”



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‘Don’t lose hope’: ICU nurse goes home after 8 months in hospital battling COVID-19


Merlin Pambuan told other patients with COVID-19 to keep fighting.

An intensive care unit nurse is finally home after spending eight months in the hospital battling COVID-19.

Merlin Pambuan walked out of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California, on Monday to an emotional round of applause from hospital staff.

They weren’t just cheering for a patient, but one of their own — Panbuam, 66, has also worked at the hospital for 40 years, where she treated COVID-19 patients before she became one.

Throughout her long treatment, Pambuan spent three months in the ICU, the hospital said. She was put into a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator as part of her treatment, and has spent the last few weeks undergoing physical therapy to be able to walk again, Reuters reported.

Her doctor said she came close to death “multiple times.”

“I would say this happened at least half a dozen times, that she was very near death,” Dr. Maged Tanios, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at St. Mary, told Reuters. One concern was her oxygen levels, he said, as the hospital had a “hard time keeping her oxygen compatible with life.”

Pambuan told other patients battling COVID-19: “Don’t lose hope.”

“Just fight. Fight,” she told Reuters. “Because look at me. I’m going home, and I’m walking.”

Pambuan’s message comes as hospital capacity in Long Beach is “at a breaking point,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.

“The COVID crisis in Long Beach is not getting better, in fact, it’s getting worse,” Garcia said Wednesday during a press briefing.

On Tuesday, Long Beach reported a record 14 deaths, which was double the previous record, Garcia said. The city is just starting to see the impacts of Thanksgiving gatherings on hospitalizations, he said, as some hospitals, including St. Mary Medical Center, are nearly full. Morgues are also nearing capacity, Garcia said.

“They are struggling,” Garcia said of St. Mary’s staff. “Their doctors and their nurses are pleading for your support. They are seeing more and more patients every day, and they’re doing everything they can to provide excellent care.”

Long Beach-area hospitals were at 1.5% ICU capacity on Wednesday, while regional ICU capacity was at 0%, he said.

“We are in a serious place with our hospitals, and folks need to do better,” he said.

Hospitalization rates remain high throughout California as COVID-19 cases in the state have surpassed 2 million. The milestone is a “reminder that this virus continues to spread through our communities,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, said.

“Hospitals are full, ICU beds are few, people are dying,” Ghaly said in a statement Thursday. “The simplest thing we can do, but also the most significant, is to stay home. We are the first line of defense against this virus and we must act now.”

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    Coronavirus-infected Sydney nurse linked to Avalon cluster not returning overseas travellers


    Anglicare has confirmed one of its aged care residents has been identified as a close contact of a nurse who has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The nurse is a patient transport worker for HealthShare and transported the aged care resident of Anglicare’s Brian King Gardens home at Castle Hill while they were potentially infectious.

    NSW Health confirmed the nurse also transported a symptomatic family returning from the United States into hotel quarantine on December 14.

    Genomic testing has shown the nurse, and a co-worker who also tested positive, caught the virus as a result of community transmission from the Avalon cluster, and not as a result of contact with returned travellers.

    NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the state’s patient transfer staff had been separated into two distinct groups to ensure those people transferring travellers into hotel quarantine did not have contact with other groups of vulnerable patients.

    Dr Chant said that system broke down but has since been reinstated.

    “There is total separation of crew,” she said.

    “That policy was in place; for a period of time that reverted [and] we are still investigating the nature of why it reverted.

    “There will be times where infectious patients are transported in our ambulances and we thoroughly clean them and have a process for making sure that the next patient is safe.”

    NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says patient transfer groups have been separated for different duties.(ABC News: Timothy Swanston)

    Resident put into isolation

    Anglicare said full infection controls were implemented at the facility and the resident was put into isolation.

    The resident has so far tested negative for COVID–19.

    A spokeswoman for HealthShare said all patient transfer crews had their temperature taken and were screened for symptoms at the beginning of every shift.

    “Both workers stopped working and self-isolated the moment they first experienced symptoms,” the company said in a statement.

    “HealthShare acknowledges that staff should not transport or be in proximity with vulnerable groups, including residents in aged care facilities, if they also work in settings where they come into contact with people who are at higher risk of having COVID–19.

    Premier says ‘mistakes will occur’

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had been told about the incident but, by then, it had been dealt with.

    “Any time there’s an operational matter where things could have been done better, policies are adjusted or in fact reverted back to what the original was,” she said.

    “But we also have to assume, with all due respect, that when you have thousands and thousands of people working to keep all of us safe, sometimes mistakes will occur, sometimes unintentional decisions will be made lower down — lower down operationally — which shouldn’t be made for a temporary period, but the system is in place there to make sure that I believe we have one of the strongest systems in the planet.

    “But mistakes will continue to be made and I can’t pretend that isn’t going to happen.”



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    Specialized nurse practitioners in Quebec will be able to use new powers starting in January – Montreal


    In Quebec, specialized nurse practitioners will be able to diagnose diseases and make treatment plans for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease without the supervision of a doctor as well as carry out pregnancy follow-ups starting in January 2021.

    This “historic breakthrough,” which “fully recognizes the skills” of specialized nurse practitioners, will result in better access to health care for the population, Quebec Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann said in a statement Friday. She is also responsible for the application of professional laws.

    “I hope that the (specialized nurse practitioners) can contribute to the improvement of our health care to the height of their ambitions and their competences,” she said.

    “The entry into force of this law constitutes undoubtedly the result of one of the files I am most proud of in my political career.”

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    The change is made possible by Quebec’s approval of the Regulation respecting specialized nurse practitioners. It implements the Act to amend the Nurses Act and other provisions in order to promote access to health services.

    McCann introduced her bill in October 2019 when she was the province’s health minister.

    The law allows specialized nurse practitioners to perform certain acts formerly reserved for physicians, in particular for matters of occupational health and safety, assistance provided to individuals and families, automobile insurance, health and social services, and on-call duty.


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