Complaints and disciplinary material in records of health professional regulators will be protected from disclosure in legal proceedings under new legislation. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont introduced An Act Respecting the Protection of Confidential Disciplinary Proceedings of Health Professions today, April 25. Private information provided by regulated health professionals during investigative and hearing processes will remain confidential and used only for its intended purpose. “We have already made changes to legislation to provide this privilege to some groups in the health-care industry,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “This bill extends that privilege to other health professions.” During the fall 2007 sitting of the House of Assembly, the Medical Act was amended to create a privilege that protects investigative and disciplinary material in the records of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from disclosure in legal proceedings. The same privilege also has been included in the most recent registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists acts. This legislation extends that privilege to chiropractors, dentists, dental assistants, opticians, medical lab technologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, paramedics and psychologists. Other legislation introduced today would amend the Emergency Health Services Act to establish a long-service medal for paramedics and other persons involved in the provision of emergency health services.