(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.
Call for Nominations The election of councillors for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia in 2020 is required in the following electoral districts: District 2 – Counties of Pictou, Cumberland, and ColchesterThe election of one councillor to the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in 2020 is required in electoral District 2 – the counties of Pictou, Cumberland, and Colchester. If you are a licensed physician and […]
A Hearing Committee of the College will soon consider allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence against Dr. Manivasan Moodley. The allegations were advanced by two women, each of whom alleges sexual wrongdoing against them by Dr. Moodley. Dr. Moodley is a provisionally licensed physician who has not successfully challenged his Medical Council of Canada examinations. The law requires provisionally licensed physicians to have sponsorship and supervision, without which they cannot practice medicine. Dr. Moodley’s sponsor gave notice he was withdrawing sponsorship. Since that notice was provided, an alternate sponsor has come forward, acceptable to the College. As such, Dr. Moodley may remain in practice. […]
Pursuant to the Medical Act, S.N.S. 2011, c. 38 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will conduct a hearing to consider allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley. The hearing will be held at the offices of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia Suite 400, 175 Western Parkway, Bedford, Nova Scotia, B4B 0V1 commencing on Monday, February 24 at 9:30 am and continuing thereafter as directed by the Hearing Committee. Notice of Hearing
Given the recent news coverage, the College would like to better explain its approach to late fees. The College is solely concerned with patient safety. The College is governed by legislation, which is the law of the land. Our legislation requires that a physician’s licence be suspended if it is not renewed by year-end. A physician cannot practice medicine with a suspended licence. The legislation in each province varies, as do the approaches of each College, although all (or perhaps almost all) Colleges charge late fees. The goal of a late fee is to avoid suspending the licences of physicians who, for whatever reason, unintentionally failed to renew. When this happens, the first week of January may have surgeries […]
Annual renewal of your medical licence and corporation permit is now open online. If you are licensed to practice medicine in Nova Scotia, you must renew your medical licence. If you are a physician practising medicine under a corporation in which you are listed as a medical director, you must renew your corporation permit. This is distinct from your licence renewal.