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Emergency licensure available to support COVID-19 Immunization

Retired physicians within three years of practice may be eligible for an Emergency Licence. The College is working closely with Nova Scotia Health to license those retired physicians wishing to assist in the COVID-19 immunization efforts. There is no fee for this emergency licensure. A streamlined process is in place to quickly issue such licences.

Physicians who are interested in supporting immunization clinics have been asked by Nova Scotia Health to complete please complete the Covid-19 immunization intake form.


Pandemic-Related Exceptions to MCCQE Part II

The College has instituted a new policy in recognition of the postponement of the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examinations Part II. As a result of this exam delay, a number of physicians are unable to meet the requirements of obtaining LMCC for Full licensure. 

The College’s Pandemic-Related Exceptions to the Requirement for the MCCQE Part II Policy allows exceptions for those who were affected by the postponement of this qualifying examination. Review the new policy.

Currently, Nova Scotia is the only province with such an exemption and therefore we encourage postgraduate trainees to continue to challenge the MCCQE Part II as it becomes available so as not to limit their licensing options throughout Canada.


College announces Decision Regarding
Dr. Najeeb Kadir

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that  a Hearing Committee has issued a decision dated December 14, 2020, accepting a Settlement Agreement under subsection 103(1) of the Medical Act.   

In the Settlement Agreement, Dr. Najeeb Kadir, of Amherst, Nova Scotia admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient, and that such conduct constituted professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming.

The Hearing Committee accepted that the following sanctions were appropriate:

  1. Dr. Kadir’s licence to practice medicine is suspended for a period of 18 months.  The suspension is retroactive to September 17, 2019, the date Dr. Kadir removed himself from practice in connection with this matter;
  2. Dr. Kadir must complete a professional boundaries course approved by the College, prior to returning to practice.

In addition, Dr. Kadir must pay the amount of $30,000 to the College as a contribution to the College’s costs arising from its involvement in this matter.

The Hearing Committee was satisfied that the proposed agreement was appropriate in all  the circumstances.  It noted that the subject matter of this complaint occurred prior to the approval of the College’s revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct on March 27, 2020, such that the requirement to seek mandatory sanctions as set out in that Policy were not applicable to this case.

In order to protect the identity of the patient, only this abbreviated version of the Hearing Committee’s Decision will be published on the College’s website.


Covid-19 Measures for Physicians

This Fall in Nova Scotia we have not experienced the significant number of COVID-19 cases as elsewhere in Canada. 

Physicians across the province are playing key leadership roles in safely caring for patients during the pandemic. The College expects that physicians in all practice settings adhere to the direction provided by public health regarding safety protocols and to clinical guidelines developed by health professionals.

We are truly grateful to patients and physicians who continue to take all measures necessary to protect the health of Nova Scotians.


Notice Regarding Interim Licence Suspension of Dr. David Barnett

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 45 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act, effective immediately December 4, 2020, an interim suspension has been placed on the licence of Dr. David Barnett, pending further decision of an Investigation Committee or a Hearing Committee.


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