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Scope of Practice for Physicians Deployed in Response to COVID-19

We wish to express our appreciation to all physicians who have been deployed by Nova Scotia Health or IWK to contribute to the pandemic response in ways outside their normal scope of practice. As the province moves through the third wave of the pandemic, physicians have continued to demonstrate leadership in their commitment to providing care.  These continue to be stressful times, with physicians raising their hands to help wherever needed. We wish to reassure physicians the College will not hold deployed physicians to practice within a scope strictly consistent with recent training and experience.

College Announces Decision on Sanction and Costs Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that the Hearing Committee has issued its decision regarding the sanction and costs arising from its findings of professional misconduct against Dr. Manivasan Moodley. The findings of professional misconduct are set out in the Hearing Committee’s decision dated November 23, 2020. Read the decision finding professional misconduct. The decision on sanction orders a reprimand, a suspension of Dr. Moodley’s licence to practise medicine for […]

Renew Your Postgraduate Training Licence Today

Postgraduate training licence renewal is now open. You must renew your licence to continue your training for the upcoming academic year. Renew by May 23, 2021, to avoid a late fee. If you plan to discontinue your Postgraduate Training Licence you must notify the College in writing or by email to before June 30, 2021. How to Renew: Visit 

Scope of Practice & Physician Deployment During COVID-19

Given the public health directives in response to the recent increase in COVID cases, licensed physicians may be asked by their Health Authority to contribute to the pandemic response in ways outside their normal scope of practice. The College wishes to reassure physicians its support of this measure. When deployed by a Health Authority to support the pandemic response, the College will not hold physicians to practice within a scope strictly consistent with recent training and experience.  This approach applies to Physicians privileged and working […]

Important Changes: MAiD Standard Under Revision

Bill C-7 has been passed by the Senate and received Royal Assent. It is now in force and is the law. As such, the College is amending its Standard to reflect the important changes in Canada’s legal approach to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). These changes include a pathway to eligibility to MAiD for patients whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable, as well as ongoing eligibility for patients who have lost capacity after having been found to be eligible  (Audrey’s Amendment).

Notice Regarding Attendance and Reporting at the Resumption of the Hearing Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley – April 6, 2021

The hearing respecting Dr. Moodley commenced on February 24, 2020, and continued until February 28, 2020. The hearing resumed on August 26 and 27, 2020, and was followed by written submissions from the parties. The Hearing Committee rendered its decision on the allegations against Dr. Moodley on November 23, 2020, finding that he had engaged in professional misconduct with patient A.B. and patient C.D. The decision can be found here. The Hearing Committee will meet on April 6, 2021 to hear submissions from the parties with respect to the appropriate sanction, and costs.

Information for Dr. Emmanuel Rivera’s Patients

Dr. Emmanuel Rivera is in the process of implementing changes to his practice which were mandated by the College. This is part of a rigorous process undertaken by the College to define an appropriate scope of practice for Dr. Rivera who has not yet achieved the necessary credentials for full licensure in Nova Scotia. This posting is intended to explain the College’s process. Dr. Rivera’s Licence Dr. Emmanuel Rivera presently holds a Restricted Licence – a form of long-term, renewable licensure granted to physicians who do not qualify […]

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 […]