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College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of two complaints and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, an independent Hearing Committee has found Dr. Manivasan Moodley engaged in professional misconduct.  The decision is available here.

The Hearing Committee will set a date to reconvene to determine sanctions to be imposed as a result of this finding.

COVID-19: Leaders from the Health Community Identify Lessons from the First Wave and Concerns for the Second

On October 2, 2020, Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine and the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance (MIPP) hosted a roundtable at which 27 people met online to discuss what went well and what lessons were identified from the health sector’s response to COVID-19. Participants included senior representatives from both the public health and healthcare systems of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as well as academics. Most of the participants were from Nova Scotia, which was the focus of most of the discussion. 

The briefing note starts by highlighting selected observations that were drawn from these discussions, and summarize the goals and methods and the discussions that took place at the session. 

Read the briefing note: COVID-19: Leaders from the Health Community Identify Lessons from the First Wave and Concerns for the Second

NSHA Health Care Worker Self-Screening

Health care workers are required to complete the daily self-screening using the Active Monitoring Tool available on the COVID-19 Hub. Any health care worker who develops symptoms compatible with COVID-19 is directed to NOT report to work and to contact Occupational Health Safety and Wellness at 1-833-750-0632 for screening. Managers and clinical leaders will strictly enforce this requirement.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever (chills, sweats)
  • Cough (New/Worsening)
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose/ Nasal Congestion
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Unexplained headache

Notice Regarding Interim Licence Suspension of Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashoranti

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 45 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act, effective 11:59 pm November 12th, 2020 an interim suspension has been placed on the licence of Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashoranti, pending further decision of the Investigation Committee or the Hearing Committee.

Freedom of Expression and Regulated Health Professionals

Physicians have a professional responsibility to ensure their public statements do not bring disrepute upon the profession.

The limits to the freedom of healthcare professionals to publicly voice opinions were recently tested in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. The decision calls for medical regulators to balance the rights of the physician with the interests of the public and the profession.

The College recently addressed a complaint regarding a physician’s opinion piece published in a newspaper which received significant public attention. In reviewing the matter, the Investigations Committee sought to balance the competing interests of the physician’s right to expression, the public interest, and the reputation of the profession.  

While the complaint was dismissed, the College Registrar has exercised his discretion under Section 46(2)(d) of the Medical Act to publish a summary of the decision as it has a bearing on the public interest in the practice of medicine. The summary of the decision is now available.

MCC Cancels October MCCQE II Exams

The MCC’s cancellation of the October sitting of the MCCQE II has impacted physicians across the country. We recognize the concerns of postgraduate trainees, newly graduated postgraduate trainees and physicians on a Defined licence who all are required to obtain the MCCQE II.   We understand the challenges and ramifications of this examination postponement.  Those physicians impacted are assured of ongoing licensure and the ability to practise in Nova Scotia. 

We have heard issues raised regarding logistical challenges as well as questions regarding the relevance of the MCCQE II.  The cancellation and its impact on physicians have prompted the College to review the MCCQE II as it relates to licensing.  This review is being undertaken in a thorough and expedited manner. Addressing these issues is a priority for the College.

The College will be providing updates as soon as available. 

CMA launches Physician Wellness Hub

In an effort to drive change in the culture of medicine and promote health and wellness in the medical profession, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has launched the CMA Physician Wellness Hub (the Hub), an online platform that provides key resources, virtual community as well as confidential support and counselling to physicians, learners and their families.

The Hub aims to improve physician wellness at the individual but also the system level, and promote a collaborative approach to physician health and well-being by:

  • Offering day-to-day strategies physicians can use to build resilience or how to start institutional wellness programs;
  • Creating a safe virtual community for physicians and learners to connect with others interested in wellness; and
  • Providing immediate and confidential support and counselling through the Wellness Support Line.

“Yesterday’s medical culture needs to evolve. Today, physicians and medical learners face unique pressures and we need to ensure that they care for themselves as they care for others,” says Dr. Ann Collins, CMA President. According to the 2017 CMA National Physician Health survey, nearly one-third of doctors, residents and medical students report burnout and depression at some point in their career.

The Hub offers a collection of over 275 physician health and wellness resources, spanning 22 topics. Resources include original CMA content and curated information from other trusted sources on issues such a burnout, depression, resilience, conflict management, organizational wellness and more. 

Visit the CMA website form more information.

Notice Regarding Attendance and Reporting at the Resumption of the Hearing Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley – August 26 & 27, 2020

The hearing respecting Dr. Moodley commenced on February 24, 2020, and continued until February 28, 2020.  The hearing was scheduled to resume at various times since then, but the resumption was postponed due to limitations arising from COVID-19. The hearing is now scheduled to resume on August 26, 2020, at 9:30 am at the offices of McInnes Cooper, Purdy’s Wharf Tower II, and to continue if needed on August 27. 

In accordance with current Public Health recommendations, the in-person attendance will be limited to those parties and their counsel directly involved in the hearing proceedings, and individuals identified by those parties where physical distancing requirements can be met. The media is invited to attend online as set out in the instructions below.  

The following directions govern this proceeding:

1.  In accordance with a publication ban granted on October 24, 2019, the names and all information that may identify the complainants in this matter are banned from any form of publication or disclosure.

2.  In accordance with a motion heard by the Hearing Panel on February 14, 2020, individuals apart from those identified above are not permitted to attend the hearing but will have full access to any decisions of the Hearing Panel, subject to the publication ban.

3.  For those permitted to attend the hearing either in-person or online the following will apply:

  1. Subject to the publication ban, no video images or photography may be taken while evidence is being presented.
  2. Audio recording by the media is permitted for note-taking purposes, but not for broadcast purposes.
  3. In order to uphold the publication ban, no live transmission of the evidence is permitted, through live tweeting, blogging, or any other simultaneous source of reporting. Media are otherwise permitted to report information about the hearing, but only after the parties have had an opportunity to consider whether any evidence presented may be subject to the publication ban. During the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, and prior to the lunch break and end of the day, the Hearing Panel will canvass the parties to determine if there is evidence that may be subject to the publication ban and will provide direction to the media in this regard prior to the media reporting on the preceding evidence.

4.  Those attending the hearing virtually or in-person will be required to sign in and acknowledge agreement with these directions.

5. For members of the media who wish to attend the hearing virtually, they must contact Pattie LaCroix, Director, Communications & Policy, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia at no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, August 24 to register to attend.  They must provide their full name, media outlet, email address, and signed acknowledgment of the publication ban and conditions of attendance (media sign-in form). 

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, those persons who are confirmed as members of the media will be issued an email to enable them to access the hearing commencing at 9:30 am on Wednesday, August 26 at 9:30 am through the GoTo Webinar platform being used for the hearing. The email will enable access only for the individual who has been registered in accordance with these instructions and is not to be shared with others.

6. Any further Inquiries about the hearing should be directed to:
Pattie LaCroix, Director, Communications & Policy
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia