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College of Physicians refuses to release names of failed Ontario clinics

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has refused to say whether nine clinics that failed their inspections are still operating.

And with the names of those clinics not released, the public still has no idea which ones failed inspections.

“The college is not in a position to answer any further questions specifically related to the results of premises inspections until such time as council passes a bylaw permitting this,” Prithi Yelaja, a spokesperson for the college, said on Thursday.

The refusal to reveal further details comes two days after the outgoing president, Dr. Bob Byrick, said the college was committed to transparency.

The college and Health Minister Deb Matthews said Wednesday that they hoped to change a bylaw that doesn’t allow them to go public with the names of the clinics. They say changing it would allow failed clinics to be named on the college’s public register, and people would be able to learn which clinics failed inspections on the college’s website.

A recent college report revealed nine private clinics in Ontario failed inspections, while 64 others passed with conditions.

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