Bill 41 2014
An Act to establish the Lung Health Advisory Council and develop a provincial action plan respecting lung disease
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. In this Act,
"Council" means the Lung Health Advisory Council established under section 2 ("Conseil");
"Minister" means the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care or any other member of the Executive Council to whom responsibility for the administration of this Act is assigned or transferred under the Executive Council Act; ("ministre")
"Ministry" means the ministry of the Minister ("ministère").
Lung Health Advisory Council
2. A council to be known in English as the "Lung Health Advisory Council" and in French as "Conseil consultatif de la maladie pulmonaire" is established.
Composition of the Council
3. (1) The Council shall be composed of twenty members appointed under subsections (2) and (3).
Lieutenant Governor in Council appointments
(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint nineteen members of the Council, including at least one employee of the Ministry and at least one representative of each of the following:
1. Persons with lung disease.
2. Informal caregivers of persons with lung disease.
3. Respirologists or other physicians who specialize in lung health.
4. Respiratory therapists.
5. Non-profit organizations with an interest in lung health.
Ontario Lung Association appointment
(3) The Ontario Lung Association shall, by resolution, appoint one member of the Council.
(4) The members shall be appointed for a term of two years and are eligible for reappointment.
Co-chairs of the Council
(5) The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint the following members as co-chairs of the Council:
1. A member who is an employee of the Ministry.
2. The member appointed by the Ontario Lung Association.
4. (1) The Council may make recommendations to the Minister in respect of the following:
1. Promoting the lung health of Ontarians.
2. Preventing lung disease.
3. Increasing early detection of lung disease and treatment interventions.
4. Ensuring fair and equitable patient access to proven and effective evidence-based supports needed to manage lung disease.
5. Disseminating best practices to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.
6. Accelerating investments in all areas of lung health research.
7. Research, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.
8. Increasing public awareness to overcome the stigma related to lung disease.
9. Any other matter that the Minister requests.
(2) The Council shall submit an annual report to the Minister containing recommendations on the matters listed in subsection (1).
5. The Minister undertakes, as far as he or she considers it reasonable and appropriate to do so, to,
(a) increase awareness of lung disease and its related risk factors;
(b) develop partnerships across health-care sectors to provide greater integration of care and increased use of chronic disease prevention and management;
(c) facilitate the creation of training and professional development opportunities for health-care providers in the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lung disease;
(d) improve access to early diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and health maintenance services for persons with lung disease; and
(e) improve access to community and home support services for persons with lung disease and their informal caregivers.
Ontario Health Quality Council annual report card
6. (1) The Ontario Health Quality Council continued under subsection 10 (1) of the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 shall submit an annual report card with respect to the Minister's performance of his or her undertakings in section 5.
(2) The Minister shall submit the Ontario Health Quality Council's annual report card to the Lieutenant Governor in Council and table the report card in the Legislative Assembly.
Ontario Lung Health Action Plan
7. (1) The Minister shall develop and implement an Ontario Lung Health Action Plan respecting research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease, taking into consideration,
(a) the recommendations set out in the annual report of the Council;
(b) any other recommendations made by the Council;
(c) the annual report card submitted by the Ontario Health Quality Council; and
(d) the annual report on the state of the health system in Ontario made by the Ontario Health Quality Council.
(2) The Minister shall publish a report within two years after this Act comes into force respecting the Minister's progress in developing the Ontario Lung Health Action Plan.
Report on action plan
(3) The Minister shall publish a report within three years after the day this Act comes into force that sets out the Ontario Lung Health Action Plan and the steps that the Minister intends to take to implement the Ontario Lung Health Action Plan.
8. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations,
(a) governing the calling, holding and conducting of meetings of the Council;
(b) prescribing the duties or responsibilities of members of the Council, including the co-chairs of the Council;
(c) governing the Council's procedures for making recommendations to the Minister or preparing the annual report under section 4.
9. This Act comes into force six months after the day it receives Royal Assent.
10. The short title of this Act is the Lung Health Act, 2014.
The Bill enacts the Lung Health Act, 2014.
The Act establishes the Lung Health Advisory Council for the purpose of making recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care regarding lung health issues.
The Act provides for the membership of the Council. The Council must include an employee from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a member appointed by the Ontario Lung Association and representatives of several groups with an interest in lung health.
The Minister undertakes, as far as he or she considers it reasonable and appropriate to do so, to make certain improvements in lung health awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care. The Ontario Health Quality Council is responsible for submitting an annual report card with respect to the Minister's performance of these undertakings. The report card must be tabled in the Legislature.
The Minister is responsible for developing and implementing an Ontario Lung Health Action Plan respecting research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. The Minister is required to take into consideration the recommendations and reports of the Lung Health Advisory Council and the Ontario Health Quality Council when preparing this plan.