Now online: College 2015/16 Annual Report
The College is pleased to announce that the 2015/16 Annual Report, audited financial statements and committee chair reports have been published on the College website. The report provides an overview of the work of the College this past year, which was shaped by several significant societal issues and events that directly affected medical regulation. The College acknowledges its health partners for collaborating on initiatives, and for working so swiftly and effectively to respond to societal change together.
The reports are available here.
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College publishes new professional standard on MAiD
The College Board has approved a revised professional standard on medical assistance in dying (MAiD), which aligns with the criteria for eligibility for MAiD based on the amended Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c.C-46. The standard also reflects the statutory safeguards and processes. The new standard was developed with input from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), and representatives from the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and the Colleges of Registered Nurses and Pharmacists of BC.
The new standard on MAiD can be found here.
Supporting questions and answers can be found here.
Hearing notification re: Dr. Jeannine Olszewski
The College will convene a hearing regarding Dr. Jeannine Olszewski on July 14, 2016.
The full hearing notification is available here.
College statement regarding medical assistance in dying legislation
Today, Bill C-14 received royal assent by the Governor General after passing a final vote in the Senate (44-28).
Now that legislation is enacted, the provisions contained in the new legislation will take priority over the provisions contained in the College’s recently drafted standard. The College will be updating its legislative guidance to physicians over the coming days to ensure it reflects the new law and any regulations that may follow.
The College will inform registrants once such guidance has been approved by the Board.
Now online: College Connector Volume 4 | No. 3
May/June issue now available. Read it here.
College issues new standard on medical assistance in dying
The College has released a new standard for BC physicians who choose to provide, or conscientiously object to medical assistance in dying.
College Board adopts new professional standard on safe prescribing to address public health emergency related to opioid overdoses
At its recent meeting, the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC adopted a new professional standard, Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion, to assist physicians with the challenging task of prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines and other medications.
College Bylaw Amendment: Section 2-8
On April 1, 2016, the College Board approved amendments to section 2-8 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.
Prior to March 2016, the quality assurance and practice assessments department was responsible for ensuring that registrants are current in clinical practice in accordance with section 2-8 of the Bylaws. Since that time, there has been a realignment of responsibilities and effective March 2016, the registration department of the College has assumed this role. Moreover, it was identified that there is a need for a clear appeal mechanism for those registrants who are not satisfied with a decision made under section 2-8. Given that these decisions regarding a registrant’s currency in clinical practice are made by the registrar of the College pursuant to section 2-8(2), it is preferable that any requests for review of such decisions be directed to the Board.
For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.
|The 90-day notification period for review and comment is now closed.|
Register now for the 2016 Education Day and Annual General Meeting
When duty calls: legal and professional obligations in medical practice
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
The College receives many calls from physicians seeking advice about their legal and professional obligations in specific circumstances. Failure to act according to the law can have a serious negative impact on patients and their families and put physicians in legal and regulatory jeopardy. This year’s program will focus on operationalizing physicians’ statutory and other ethical duties to care for and protect at-risk children, seniors, impaired health professionals, the gravely ill, and other vulnerable groups.
For more information about the plenary and workshop topics and presenters, and program and registration, click here.
Disciplinary action re: Dr. Roy Alan Brown
Dr. Roy Alan Brown, a family physician, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.
The full disciplinary action is available here.