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English Language Policy

CanAm’s perspective:

All provinces with the exception of Ontario now strictly adhere to ELP (English Language Policy) set out by FMRAC (Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada).

Prior to August 5, 2015, colleges of CPSNS and CPSNL were allowing exceptions to the rule by applying some common sense to the guidelines. Unlike the College of PEI, where guidelines were judged as strict rules, both CPSNL and CPSNS would exempt physicians whose post-graduate training and scope of practice were primarily completed in English countries — such was the case for Dr. Victoria Dawson.

However, on August 5, 2015, both CPSNL and CPSNS decided to adhere to FMRAC’s policy strictly. The reason given was to maintain a unified position on this matter across the country. CPSNS and CPSNL’s “flexibility” had put some of their MRA partners across the country in some jeopardy. An example in point was CPSPEI. So the common sense approach is no more.

Interestingly enough, CPSO — which is the largest jurisdiction in Canada — has NOT introduced an ELP. So while the smaller provinces strictly adhere to FMRAC’s policies, Big Brother ignores and reaps the benefit of having less complex licencing requirements.

So all of those Canadian citizens who are training abroad and desire to return to Canada, such as Dr. Victoria Dawson, can take comfort in CPSO common sense policy!

Atlantic Health Ministers Work Together to Improve Health Outcomes

CanAm’s perspective:

Great to see the Atlantic Provincial Health Ministers working together. CanAm was hoping to see a discussion on the merging of Province Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.

Minister Doug Currie on PEI clearly spoke out on his frustration and stated the need to have such conversations in July this year when Dr. Dawson — a Canadian citizen — failed to get licence by the PEI College without taking an English test.

She (like hundreds more Canadians) completed medical school abroad in a country whose first language is not English.

Please have a look at the news release, and weigh in with your feedback …

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Atlantic health ministers are working together to improve health care, outcomes and access, and to save money through group procurement.

Back in August, Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine hosted a meeting of Atlantic health ministers in Halifax. Talks focused on ways the provinces can improve collaboration on generic drugs, opioid monitoring, strategic procurement and rural health care.

“We support federal collaboration with provincial and territorial partners so we can tackle critical needs like community-based care, elder care, mental health and pharmacare,” said Mr. Glavine.

The ministers committed to find ways to expand people’s access to generic drugs, continue to enhance opioid monitoring, explore collaborative procurement options, including joint requests for proposals, and find innovative ways to improve rural health care.

“As a province and a region we are providing better access to medications and reinvesting efficiencies back into competing pressures in our health care systems,” said P.E.I. Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie. “This fall, our province will launch the first ever Under 65 Generic Drug Plan for the uninsured. We are committed to strong regional collaboration to strengthen regional health care.”

“Today’s meeting was a great opportunity for all Atlantic ministers to gather in the same room to talk about important common health matters that touch New Brunswickers and all Atlantic Canadians,” said Victor Boudreau, New Brunswick Minister of Health.

“On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I am proud to continue this work with my Atlantic Canadian counterparts,” said Steve Kent, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Health and Community Services.

“We have identified a number of key areas where challenges can be met collaboratively including mental health service delivery, pharmacare, care for seniors, rural health care, and strategic procurement. We continue to build momentum towards achieving collaborative solutions on priority heath care issues affecting Atlantic Canadians every day.”