P.E.I. physician opposes regional licensing for doctors

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P.E.I. College of Physicians and Surgeons

There have been no formal talks about an Atlantic body to regulate doctors, but the P.E.I. College of Physicians and Surgeons’ registrar says he isn’t in favour of the idea.

Dr. Cyril Moyse told MLAs at a recent health and wellness committee meeting he couldn’t speak for the college, but his opinion was the size of a joint college would make P.E.I.’s doctors less important in a bigger regulatory body.

“My gut feeling is that it would be really difficult,” he said.

Moyse was responding to a question from Summerside-Wilmot MLA Janice Sherry who asked for his thoughts on a regional college of physicians for Atlantic Canada.

Former health minister Doug Currie floated the idea of a joint college before he changed portfolios and at the time he said it made sense to talk about it for consistency in doctor licensing.

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Moyse said a regional college would be less flexible and there would be less political access.

“It’s just these are the rules. Take it or leave it,” he said.  

A joint college would also make it harder for patients to gain access to its office for the complaint process because it would probably be located off-Island, Moyse said.

“P.E.I. being small I doubt they’d be here.”

Moyse told the MLAs he wasn’t totally opposed to the idea of a Maritime or Atlantic government, but said a regional college would be difficult to manage from a patient’s point of view.

Health Minister Robert Henderson said he thinks a regional regulating body makes sense, but any decisions on that would be up to the colleges.

“As long as we get good competent physicians in the province and they’re able to deliver service we’d be supportive of that,” he said.




Organizations: P.E.I. College of Physicians

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Iceland

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Recent comments

  • MFH
    March 10, 2016 - 08:59

    A regional board is a good idea. It is too easy for physicians to hide their mistakes here because of the closed door system of self regulation that exists now.

  • opinion
    March 09, 2016 - 17:00

    Like the idea of a regional College. We have to go off the Island for several services and are introduced to various medical centers and doctors , so why not? More minds from various experiences and eyes to sound things off. More specialists to add a different perspective and experience to various problems. Some diseases may be known more firsthand by doctors of larger centers , so chances of them adding to a view from experience.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    March 09, 2016 - 14:54

    Just as the doctor's comment states "Dr. Cyril Moyse told MLAs at a recent health and wellness committee meeting his opinion was the size of a joint college would make P.E.I.’s doctors less important in a bigger regulatory body". Anytime a particular organization, college, society, corporation, etc. gets absorbed into a bigger or larger body, they become less. The same thing happens to provinces, countries, etc. once they give up their sovereignty they are screwed. Same thing with globalization. Think about it.

  • JL
    March 09, 2016 - 14:32

    ''It’s just these are the rules. Take it or leave it.'' And why exactly is that a problem? Are we so used to having the rules bent here in PEI? I think that all professional licensing organizations should be Atlantic-wide: Professional Engineers, Registered Nurses, Physicians and Surgeons, Barristers and Solicitors, Geologists - you name it. As for complaints, a mailing address, a website, and a telephone number is all that is required. I have never been impressed with the complaints process of the PEI College of Physicians and Surgeons. They really protect their own instead of protecting the integrity of the profession. If you can have an Atlantic Lottery Corporation, why can't you have an Atlantic College of Physicians and Surgeons???????!!!!!!!

  • Quiet Observer
    March 09, 2016 - 11:33

    If the government really wants to service the health needs of Islanders, the College of Surgeons and Physicians should have its power/authority severely reduced. No profession should be self-regulating in this day and age. It is impossible for it not to be in conflict of interest in any decision it makes as any physicians involved will know that any decisions it makes could also impact them at some point in time as well. Consequently, self-interest always play some role in any decision made. The same thing applies to the Law Society for lawyers. It is time governments stopped looking after the lawyers and doctors and started looking after the people of the province.

    • Don
      March 09, 2016 - 20:04

      The Premier, no less, says we have the 'gift of jurisdiction'.