The College recognizes the growing role of telemedicine or virtual medicine in our pandemic response. As such, the College wishes physicians to be aware of the following: For physicians licensed in Nova Scotia, there is no requirement for College approval for this field of practice.Any physician licensed in Canada may deliver telemedicine services in Nova Scotia, unless specifically restricted from doing so by their licensing body;The regulation of the medical services you provide into Nova Scotia rests with your licensing college.All physicians delivering telemedicine services in Nova Scotia should refer to the College’[…]
These are extraordinary times, giving rise to many questions from physicians about their ongoing responsibilities. We wish to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of physicians around the province. We encourage physicians to review CMPA’S COVID-19 guidance which provides a succinct outline of the CMPA’s expectations of physicians, including: “Despite the challenging conditions of a pandemic/catastrophic event, physicians will be expected to continue to act professionally on behalf of their patients.”
The College is following public health recommendations and as such our office location is closed. All essential services are being provided remotely by College staff. Essential services include: licensing physicians, addressing complaints, and responding to imminent patient safety concerns. We are monitoring phone messages and email inquiries. We appreciate your patience in responding to your inquiry. For updated information from the College follow us on Twitter or check the College’s news section.
Across the province, doctors are providing excellent care and meaningful leadership during these challenging and extraordinary times. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Strang, is overseeing our public health response. He has asked the College to directly communicate to physicians on an important matter. In support of our Chief Medical Officer, and pursuant to the advice of our experts in Infectious Diseases, please be advised that, effective immediately: Only physicians recognized as […]
(The following was published in the Chronicle Herald March 14, 2020) These are nervous times. As we await the first case of COVID-19 in our province, fear and confusion could easily overwhelm us. There are, however, important reminders and reassurances to offset our anxiety. Unlike many other countries affected by this pandemic, Canada has a robust public health system. In Nova Scotia, we have the necessary expertise and infrastructure to respond well to this challenge.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is seeking an individual to serve as a public representative on the governing Council. The College regulates the practice of medicine in Nova Scotia and serves the public interest. The candidate cannot be a physician (either at present or formerly). The successful candidate will be asked to represent the public perspective regarding the regulation of the medical profession. This includes speaking to the power imbalances between physicians and their patients or members of the public. In assessing public representatives, the Nominating Committee will consider a broad […]
The following directions have been issued by the Hearing Panel subsequent to the hearing of a motion brought by the College on February 14, 2020. The motion was brought to address various concerns, including the upholding of the publication ban respecting the identities of the complainants. The full reasons for these directions will be set out in a decision to be rendered by the Hearing Panel at a later date. The Hearing Panel directs as follows: 1. In accordance with a publication ban granted on October 24, 2019, the names and all information that […]
The College will bring a motion to be heard by the Hearing Panel on Friday, February 14, at 2 pm at the offices of the College (400 – 175 Western Parkway, Bedford) to seek a partial exclusion order in accordance with clause 109(2)(a) of the Medical Practitioners’ Regulations. The relevant portions of the regulations read as follows: Attendance at hearing and publication bans 109 (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) or (3), a hearing is open to the public.