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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 [...]

Gold-Headed Cane Award Recipient

The College is pleased to announce Dr. David Brake as the recipient of its 2018 Gold-Headed Cane Award. Dr. Brake is a Respirologist and Intensive Care Specialist. Recognized for working tirelessly on behalf of his patients, Dr. Brake has practised in Sydney for twenty years. The College’s Gold-Headed Cane Award recognizes an outstanding Nova Scotia physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to patients, the profession and community. Read More

Annual General Meeting

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia invites you to attend its Annual General Meeting Friday, May 24, 2019 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at its offices located at: 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 5005 Halifax. Annual General Meeting Package If you wish to attend, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 17, 2019 to: Carolyn MacDonald 902.421.2209.  

Adjournment of Hearing Regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil

The Hearing of allegations regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil scheduled to commence on April 24, 2019 has been adjourned. A further update on this matter will be published on the College’s website as soon as available.

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil

Pursuant to the Medical Act, a Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil. The Hearing will be held at the offices of McInnes Cooper, 13th Floor, Purdy’s Wharf, Tower II, 1300-1969 Upper Water Street, Halifax, commencing on April 23, 2019 at 0930 am and continuing thereafter as needed. Notice of Hearing

Annual Gold-Headed Cane Award

Is there a Physician in your community who exhibits outstanding professionalism? Consider nominating your colleague for the College's 2018 Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in the Practice of Medicine. This award is granted to a community-based Nova Scotia physician who is recognized by their peers as being a role model and demonstrates professionalism in service to their patients, profession and community. Nominations must be received by March 7th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Notice of Hearing Withdrawal Regarding Dr. James Leahy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and Dr. James Leahy have entered into an agreement to resolve the outstanding allegations against him with Dr. Leahy’s agreement to permanently retire. The College agrees that the terms of the agreement are in the best interests of the public and the profession. The College withdraws the Notice of Hearing.

Council Approves Revised Professional Standards

At its December meeting, the Council of the College approved the following revised professional standards: Professional Standards Regarding the Provision of Telemedicine Services Professional Standard Regarding Medical Assistance in Dying Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelines is available any time to all physicians on the College website.