December 30, 2015   | Posted in:

College Bylaws

Schedule A of the College Bylaws has been updated.

November 25, 2015   | Posted in: ,

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Gregory John Wicks

Dr. Gregory John Wicks, a general practitioner, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

November 20, 2015   | Posted in: ,

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Roy Alan Brown

Dr. Roy Alan Brown, a hospitalist, has admitted to breaching both the College’s prescribing standards and the Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

September 21, 2015   | Posted in:

BC Health Regulators launch public safety campaign “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one”

Today the BC Health Regulators, representing  26 regulated health professions governed by 23 colleges, and over 100,000 health professionals, is pleased to announce the launch of its public awareness campaign “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one.” Following the success of last year’s “Our Purpose, Your Safety” campaign, this year’s campaign is designed to encourage British Columbians to obtain health services from licensed and regulated health care professionals.

Featuring children acting as health care professionals delivering services with potentially disastrous, and humorous results, the “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one” campaign sends a compelling message about the risks associated with obtaining services from unlicensed individuals. From dentists to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine to opticians, regulatory colleges exist to ensure patient safety. British Columbians are encouraged to visit the BC Health Regulators website at www.bchealthregulators.ca to learn more about regulatory colleges in British Columbia, the professions that are regulated, and how they can ensure they are receiving safe and professional health services.

The campaign launches on September 21, and will be found across digital platforms and on television. The television campaign can be found here.  

 

July 22, 2015   | Posted in: ,

Disciplinary action re: Dr. John Francis Joseph David Kinahan

Dr. Kinahan, a specialist in urology, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct by taking a photograph on his personal cellular phone without the patient’s consent.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

July 02, 2015   | Posted in:

2015 Elected Officers and Executive Committee

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has announced its 2015 elected officers and Executive Committee effective July1, 2015.

The full media release is available here.

July 02, 2015   | Posted in: ,

Notification of reprimand re: Dr. Jamuna Lal Makhija

Dr. Jamuna Lal Makhija, a general practitioner, has admitted to breaching undertakings to cease performing and reading electrocardiograms in the management of his patients. Pursuant to section 36(1)(c) of the Health Professions Act, he has been formally reprimanded.

The full notification is available here.

June 23, 2015   | Posted in:

Regulators’ investigation into prescription fraud identifies 150 health professionals

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the College of Pharmacists of BC have each concluded separate investigations of prescription fraud in the Lower Mainland.

The investigations began in 2013 after both colleges became aware of allegations from a member of the public that she, and a relative with the same surname, had been the victims of an individual using their identities to obtain and fill multiple prescriptions for various narcotics. These allegations drew serious concern as the impersonator managed to obtain more than 250 prescriptions from multiple physicians and then filled those prescriptions at 34 different pharmacies from January 2007 to January 2013.

The full media release is available here.

May 28, 2015   | Posted in:

2015 Award of Excellence in Medical Practice

Every year the College Board, through a peer nominations process, recognizes outstanding physicians who have made an exceptional contribution to the practice of medicine in teaching, research, clinical practice, administration or health advocacy. The recipients are presented with an Award of Excellence in Medical Practice at the annual president’s dinner.

2015 award recipient: Peter L. Cooperberg, MD – Vancouver, BC

L to R: Dr. Peter L. Cooperberg, Dr. Lawrence C. Jewett (President)

The full media release is available here.

April 16, 2015   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment

On January 30, 2015 and March 27, 2015, the College Board approved amendments to sections 1-16, 1-18, 1-19, 1-20, 1-22, 1-23, 1-24, and 1-27 and the creation of a new section, Part 9 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).

Through its Bylaws, the College has established activities that permit the assessment of the professional performance of a registrant. The current Bylaws require these committees to report to the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) which in turn reports to the Board. To increase the Board’s oversight of these activities, the proposed amended Bylaws permit the QAC to meet in panels, and for each panel to report directly to the Board. The Ethics Committee will be repealed and its important responsibilities, including reviewing ethical standards and guidelines, will be incorporated into the Patient Relations Committee, which will report to the Board. The repositioning of the Ethics Committee responsibility to another committee of the Board more properly aligns with guidance to the profession on ethical and professional responsibilities as a non-quality assurance activity. 

The new section (Part 9) details the range of quality assurance activities that the College Board may direct any of the QAC panels to do, including the assessment of the professional performance of the registrant, as well as activities related to administration of the Methadone Maintenance Program and the review of prescribing of controlled drugs. All such activities will continue to be subject to important confidentiality provisions as set out in section 26.2 of the HPA

Lastly, the proposed amended Bylaws shift the responsibility to communicate information to the public regarding the complaints and disciplinary process from the Patient Relations Committee to the Inquiry Committee of the College. The responsibilities of the Inquiry Committee will also include reporting to the Board on disciplinary and complaint matters.

The Bylaws amendments have been posted for a 90-day notification period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The 90-day notification period for review and comment is now closed.

 

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