As regulated healthcare professionals, medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) are responsible for always maintaining professional boundaries with their patients. The Health Professions Act (HPA) strictly prohibits healthcare professionals from engaging in any form of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct with a patient.
The HPA defines sexual abuse and sexual misconduct and establishes clear rules for the Colleges responsible for regulating healthcare professionals to follow upon receiving a complaint from a patient alleging sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a regulated healthcare professional.
Each regulatory college defines who constitutes a patient in their Standards of Practice. An individual is a patient of an MLT if any of the following circumstances exist:
An individual who is currently engaged in a sexual relationship with an MLT is not a patient if all the following circumstances exist:
Complaints of a sexual nature may involve:
If you believe your regulated healthcare professional may have crossed a sexual boundary, we urge you to contact the appropriate regulatory College.
If the health professional is an MLT, please contact the CMLTA Patient Relations Officer, Gwen Harris, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your concerns.
The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA) is the regulatory body for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) employed in Alberta.
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