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Notice re: Dr. William R. Vitale

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 54 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Investigation Committee “B” of the College, by decision dated January 22, 2014, has continued the restriction on Dr. Vitale’s medical licence, prohibiting him from administering any vaccines, or authorizing the administration of vaccines.

Apart from this ongoing restriction, Dr. Vitale’s medical licence is reinstated, effective immediately.


Influenza Activity: Notice to Health Care Professionals

Since November 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada has received a number of reports of flu illness among young and middle-aged adults caused by influenza H1N1, which is the dominating strain circulating this flu season. Although the number of flu cases being reported is not unusual, as in other flu seasons, authorities are reporting severe illness resulting in hospitalization, and some deaths due to H1N1.

The following link will provide information for clinicians regarding current influenza activity in Canada including recommendations for prevention and treatment:

 


Important Notice re. Dr. William Vitale, Halifax

The medical licence of Dr. William Vitale has been suspended until further notice, effective December 13, 2013.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has identified concerns regarding the effectiveness of Dr. Vitale’s practice with respect to the immunization of children.

The College encourages the families of children vaccinated by Dr. Vitale to contact their family doctor, other health care provider, or call 811 to determine if re-vaccination is required.

Further information is available at http://novascotia.ca/DHW


Notice re: Dr. Curtis Steele

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Nova Scotia Medical Act, the medical licence of Dr. Curtis Steele of Halifax is suspended until further notice.


College releases 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

The Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.

Developed in consultation with the public, College members, and key stakeholders, the plan addresses emerging issues as well as ongoing priorities. Council will review the plan annually to ensure that its objectives are met.

“The College must constantly evolve to meet the high standards of medical regulation that Nova Scotians deserve and expect,” said College President, Dr. Elizabeth Mann. “This plan puts us on a very strong footing in that regard.”

The plan is available HERE.

To provide comments or to ask questions about the strategic plan or any other aspect of the College’s work, please write to info@cpsns.ns.ca.


Notice re. Dr. Martin Dzierzanowski

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that pursuant to Section 54 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act, the restrictions on Dr. Dzierzanowski’s licence to practise medicine, previously ordered by the College’s Investigation Committee on November 8, 2012, have been lifted effective October 10, 2013, and replaced with the following condition:

Dr. Dzierzanowski may practise general surgery (including pre-operative consultations, operative and post-operative care) upon terms as directed by the College.


College announces decision regarding Dr. Stephen Harley

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has accepted a Settlement Agreement advanced by the College and Dr. Stephen Harley and recommended by an Investigation Committee of the College pursuant to Section 57 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act.

Dr. Harley has admitted to the allegations set out in the Notice of Hearing and agrees that they constitute a disciplinary matter within the meaning of the Act. Dr. Harley has consented to a reprimand for professional misconduct, a retroactive suspension, a requirement that certain conditions be met before the suspension is lifted, and significant conditions and restrictions upon his return to practice.

A summary of this decision is available HERE.


College announces decision regarding Dr. Stephen Harley

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has accepted a Settlement Agreement advanced by the College and Dr. Stephen Harley and recommended by an Investigation Committee of the College pursuant to Section 57 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act.

Dr. Harley has admitted to the allegations set out in the Notice of Hearing and agrees that they constitute a disciplinary matter within the meaning of the Act. Dr. Harley has consented to a reprimand for professional misconduct, a retroactive suspension, a requirement that certain conditions be met before the suspension is lifted, and significant conditions and restrictions upon his return to practice.

A summary of this decision is available HERE.


Notice of Hearing: Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashoranti of Pugwash

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to examine allegations against Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashoranti, a family physician from Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

The Hearing will take place at the College offices (Suite 5005, 7071 Bayers Road, Halifax) on July 23, 24 and 25, 2013, commencing at 9:30 am each day.

Hearings of the College of Physicians and Surgeons are open to the public except when, upon application by a party involved, the Hearing Committee determines that all or part of the proceedings should be closed.

Please note that audio and video recording are not permitted at College Hearings. No further information about this Hearing is currently available for release.