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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.


Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Sarah Jones

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, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and incapacity regarding Dr. Sarah Jones. The Hearing will be held at the offices of McInnes Cooper on a date to be determined.

Notice of Hearing


Get Ready To Renew Your Medical Licence

Annual renewal of your medical licence and corporation permit opens online November 1st. We have provided the short checklist below to assist you in preparing to renew your licence online. Read More


Benzodiazepine Prescribers Must Register with the NSPMP

Unregistered physicians prescribing benzodiazepines must now register with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program (NSPMP). Effective Saturday October 20th, the NSPMP will integrate benzodiazepines prescribing data into its monitoring. Benzodiazepines prescriptions will continue to be written on regular prescription pads (duplicate pads are not required).

If you are one of the few physicians not yet registered, your prescriptions for benzodiazepines will be held, to the detriment and inconvenience of your patients. Please register today.

Real-time data on your patients’ use of benzodiazepines and other controlled substances available through the NSPMP portal will inform your prescribing decisions. Many are aware that the opioid crisis is misnamed. It is, in fact, an overdose crisis. The majority of overdose deaths in Nova Scotia involve benzodiazepines, usually in combination with opioids.

The management of patients on benzodiazepines, whether alone or in combination with other controlled substances, needs to be sensitive and measured. Benzodiazepine withdrawal is a dangerous condition. Patients should be aware of the risks of their medication and engaged in their treatment plan.

If prescribers have any questions or need assistance in registering, please contact the NSPMP:

Email: pmp@medavie.bluecross.ca
Tel: 902-496-7123 / 1-877-476-7767


Council Approves New and Revised Professional Standards and Guidelines

At its October meeting, the Council of the College approved the following new professional standards and guidelines:

The Council also 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.


Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Jeffrey Champion

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/or incompetence regarding Dr. Jeffrey Champion. The date and location of the Hearing once determined will be made available.

Notice of Hearing


Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. James Leahy

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, incompetence and/or incapacity regarding Dr. James Leahy. The Hearing will be held at the offices of McInnes Cooper on a date to be determined.

Notice of Hearing


Proposed new Bill Protects the Rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Youth with Prohibition on Harmful Therapy

In June, the College of Physicians and Surgeons wrote a letter to the Minister of Health regarding media reports of the delivery of “conversion” or “reparative” therapy in Nova Scotia. The College clearly stated its opposition to this intervention and to the premise that sexuality or gender identity is a pathology that may or should be cured. The College stated that such interventions did not belong anywhere within the practice of medicine.

Sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts refer to practices that attempt to change a 2SLGBTIQ+ person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through various means including counselling, behaviour modification and/or the use of medications.

On October 11th, the College attended the legislative briefing session regarding the provincial government’s proposed new law, The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act. The College supports this legislation which will protect and uphold the rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians. The bill prohibits people in positions of trust or authority from using this intervention to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people who identify as 2SLGBTIQ+.

“The practice of conversion therapy is harmful, it is not evidenced based and is not in keeping with the spirit of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. “This practice does not belong in medicine. The profession condemns this practice and this condemnation is echoed in this new legislation.”