Physicians and Public Health Emergencies
The Council of the College has approved amendments to the Guideline: Physicians and Public Health Emergencies in principle for the purpose of consultation.
The Council directed that the proposed guideline be circulated to physicians and placed on the website to seek feedback. The Council will consider the feedback it receives when it considers the Guideline at its September meeting.
The document is a guideline, rather than a policy. The College has accepted the following statement in relation to guidelines:
Guidelines describe practices that are generally recommended by the Council of the College as part of providing quality medical care in a professional manner. Physicians licensed with the College are encouraged to follow these recommended courses of action and should exercise reasonable discretion in their decision-making based on this guidance.
The College has had a Policy Physicians and Health Care Emergencies since 2009. It sets out the College’s guidance on what the Council considers physicians should do when there is a public health emergency.
At its June meeting, the Council considered a report from the committee which reviewed the document and recommended some changes. The work of the committee included reviewing the document from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Public Health Emergencies.
The changes from the existing guideline to the guideline approved in principle are relatively minor and include:
- 1. Changing the term “health emergency” to “public health emergency” consistent with the CPSO document;
- 2. Adding the statement that “the College strongly encourages physicians who have a personal health and/or ability limitation to engage in indirect activities that support the response effort during public health emergencies.”
Click here for draft version containing proposed amendments.
The Council anticipates that it will consider feedback from
stakeholders, including members of the profession, at its meeting on September
30 and October 1, 2022. The Council would like to hear from you!
If you have concerns with the proposed guideline,
it would be helpful if you explain the reasons for those concerns.
How to Respond
In order for the College to consider feedback and correlate feedback for the Council in time for the next Council meeting, all feedback should be provided to the College no later than Friday, September 9, 2022.
Please complete the survey linked below. Feedback can also be provided to firstname.lastname@example.org.