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Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Manivasan Moodley

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

Late Licence Fees and Patient Care

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 cancelled or closed clinics or Emergency Departments. In short, patient care is interrupted.

Late fees help ensure that physicians are not suspended. This year, on the last day before the triggering of the late fee, over 500 physicians renewed their licence. Unfortunately, over 100 physicians failed to do so. Had the late fee been tied to end of year, these 100 physicians would have had their licences suspended by force of law and patient care would have been interrupted dramatically.

The College has explored multiple methods to reduce the number of physicians affected by late fees, from advertising to direct mail. Physicians receive weekly emails throughout the renewal period, both before and after the late fee deadline. Although there is annual variation in the number of physicians who are late to renew, the College has been unable to identify a method or combination of methods to eliminate all late renewals. The renewal schedule has not changed – all physicians in the province are aware that November is the month to renew licensure.

Reimbursement of late fees are seldom given, only in the most extenuating of circumstances. In the case recently reported, the physician is a uniformed officer the Canadian Armed Forces and was posted overseas throughout the renewal period.

Gold-Headed Cane Award Recipient

The College is pleased to announce Dr. David Brake as the recipient of its 2018 Gold-Headed Cane Award. Dr. Brake is a Respirologist and Intensive Care Specialist. Recognized for working tirelessly on behalf of his patients, Dr. Brake has practised in Sydney for twenty years.

The College’s Gold-Headed Cane Award recognizes an outstanding Nova Scotia physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to patients, the profession and community.

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Annual General Meeting

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia invites you to attend its Annual General Meeting Friday, May 24, 2019 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at its offices located at: 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 5005 Halifax. Annual General Meeting Package

If you wish to attend, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 17, 2019 to:
Carolyn MacDonald 902.421.2209.


Adjournment of Hearing Regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil

The Hearing of allegations regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil scheduled to commence on April 24, 2019 has been adjourned. A further update on this matter will be published on the College’s website as soon as available.

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil

Pursuant to the Medical Act, a Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence regarding Dr. Jacob Puthenparumpil. The Hearing will be held at the offices of McInnes Cooper, 13th Floor, Purdy’s Wharf, Tower II, 1300-1969 Upper Water Street, Halifax, commencing on April 23, 2019 at 0930 am and continuing thereafter as needed.

Notice of Hearing

Notice of Hearing Withdrawal Regarding Dr. James Leahy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and Dr. James Leahy have entered into an agreement to resolve the outstanding allegations against him with Dr. Leahy’s agreement to permanently retire. The College agrees that the terms of the agreement are in the best interests of the public and the profession. The College withdraws the Notice of Hearing.

Council Approves Revised Professional Standards

At its December meeting, the Council of the College approved the following revised professional standards:

Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelines is available any time to all physicians on the College website.