Doctor's Agreement With NS Expires End Of March

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:52 PM

The province's physicians began contract talks with the province in November.

In an email to our newsroom, Doctors Nova Scotia says the Master Agreement expires on March 31 and all the contracts that compensate physicians funded by clinical and academic funding plans are also up for negotiations.

They say once an agreement with government has been reached they will speak in more detail.

Meanwhile, Doctors NS is closely following if the four Atlantic premiers will reach an agreement on the mobility of doctors.

The issue was discussed at a meeting in Charlottetown in January.

Premier Stephen McNeil said at the time he doesn't think any Canadians understand why professionals' movement from province-to-province is so restricted.

Kevin Chapman of Doctors Nova Scotia says changing certification protocols would be helpful.

"You want to make it as flexible as possible to allow, particularly locums I think, to come in in short term situations, to be able to come in reasonably easily and still provide their due diligence."

He says Doctors NS is also working to eliminate a duplication issue.

Chapman says it's a provincial responsibility and the various colleges have different licensing criteria.

"It's been challenging for physicians who want to move from one province to another to try and understand what the different requirements might be, so anything that standardizes that is a good thing."

He says the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada has the mobility issue as one of their priorities.

FMRAC is an umbrella group that oversees all the colleges of physicians in the country.

Currently doctors must be licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons and then have to be privileged and credentialed by the Health Authority.

Reported by Gary Nickerson

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