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Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley

Pursuant to the Medical Act, S.N.S. 2011, c. 38 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will conduct a hearing to consider allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley.

The hearing will be held at the offices of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia Suite 400, 175 Western Parkway, Bedford, Nova Scotia, B4B 0V1 commencing on Monday, February 24 at 9:30 am and continuing thereafter as directed by the Hearing Committee.

Notice of Hearing

Late Licence Fees and Patient Care

Given the recent news coverage, the College would like to better explain its approach to late fees.

The College is solely concerned with patient safety.

The College is governed by legislation, which is the law of the land. Our legislation requires that a physician’s licence be suspended if it is not renewed by year-end. A physician cannot practice medicine with a suspended licence. The legislation in each province varies, as do the approaches of each College, although all (or perhaps almost all) Colleges charge late fees.

The goal of a late fee is to avoid suspending the licences of physicians who, for whatever reason, unintentionally failed to renew. When this happens, the first week of January may have surgeries cancelled or closed clinics or Emergency Departments. In short, patient care is interrupted.

Late fees help ensure that physicians are not suspended. This year, on the last day before the triggering of the late fee, over 500 physicians renewed their licence. Unfortunately, over 100 physicians failed to do so. Had the late fee been tied to end of year, these 100 physicians would have had their licences suspended by force of law and patient care would have been interrupted dramatically.

The College has explored multiple methods to reduce the number of physicians affected by late fees, from advertising to direct mail. Physicians receive weekly emails throughout the renewal period, both before and after the late fee deadline. Although there is annual variation in the number of physicians who are late to renew, the College has been unable to identify a method or combination of methods to eliminate all late renewals. The renewal schedule has not changed – all physicians in the province are aware that November is the month to renew licensure.

Reimbursement of late fees are seldom given, only in the most extenuating of circumstances. In the case recently reported, the physician is a uniformed officer the Canadian Armed Forces and was posted overseas throughout the renewal period.


Licensing Statistics

Data provided represents a physician head count, not a total of full-time equivalent practising physicians.

Data as of Sept 30, 2019 now available.

Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program

The Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP) is an assessment program for international medical graduates (IMGs) who:

  • have completed residencies in family medicine outside of Canada; and
  • are unable to meet Nova Scotia licensing requirements.

Program eligibility requirements.

For more information, please contact

Upcoming Events:

Canadian Conference on Medical Education 2020

  • April 18 – 21, 2020 – Vancouver, BC

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  • April 23 – 25, 2020 – Halifax, NS


Contact the College

Public Inquiries:
Public inquiries can include requesting information about: filing a complaint, referencing a professional standard or accessing medical records.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct:
This is a confidential line to discuss concerns regarding sexual misconduct by physicians.

Additional contact information.

About the College

The College’s 2018 Annual Report (PDF – 36 pages)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province’s medical profession in accordance with the Nova Scotia Medical Act and its regulations.

All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

The duties of the College include:

  • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct

Strategic Plan: 2019 – 2020
2018 Financial Statements