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College lifts interim suspension on Dr. David Barnett’s medical licence

This afternoon the Halifax Provincial Court vacated Dr. David Barnett’s undertaking and attached conditions. The information that gave rise to the consideration of criminal charges and the conditions upon Dr. Barnett’s release have all been dismissed. “The Crown has notified the College that law enforcement wrongly identified Dr. Barnett as a person possessing for the purposes of distributing child pornography”, said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar & CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. “An individual of similar name, with a similar email address, has been arrested in relation to these facts in the state of Ohio. This is a case […]

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 

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.

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 

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]