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Council Elections – Districts 2 & 5

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 Colchester
The 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 interested in running for the Council of the College, please review the information on the election process and the nomination form.

District 5- County of Halifax
The election of two councillors to the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia in 2020 is required in electoral District 5 – the county of Halifax. If you are a licensed physician and interested in running for the Council of the College, please review the information on the election process and the nomination form.

Please submit your nomination form and biography to the Office of the Registrar no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Office of the Registrar
400 – 175 Western Parkway
Bedford, NS, B4B 0V1


College Statement: In response to recent events regarding Dr. M. Moodley

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.

There has been significant public and professional response, including demonstrations, media interviews, and social media activity. The tone of much of the response has been angry, variously directed at a misunderstanding of the College’s processes and at the women who have filed complaints.

The College is concerned that the nature of the response will jeopardize the fairness of the proceedings going forward and harm the complainants.

“Outrage towards women who come forward alleging sexual misconduct is exactly why sexual misconduct is under-reported,” says Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar of the College. “Dr. Moodley is owed and will receive due process. At the same time, the complainants are owed privacy, safety and freedom from intimidation. Given the nature of public and social media postings, they understandably feel threatened, and see the support of Dr. Moodley as a response against them.”

There is a role for physicians to speak out, particularly on issues as central to the medical profession as fairness. The College welcomes the balanced, informed and thoughtful participation of physicians in public discourse. When choosing to make public comment on this or other such matters, the College encourages physicians to consider the well-being of all involved.

 


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 cmacdonald@cpsns.ns.ca 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