REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
the practice’s patients. This policy is an up-
date of the policy entitled Practice Manage-
ment Considerations for Physicians who
Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave
of Absence or Close their Practice Due to
The Closing a Medical Practice policy
generally maintains the expectations that were
set out in the consultation draft.
The accompanying Advice to the Profession
document includes further explanation about
expectations and includes a resources section
identifying key resources from stakeholders.
This article is on page 36.
Policy Redesign Implementation
Council has approved its second batch of
policies redesigned to enhance their readabil-
ity for physicians.
The nine policies set out expectations
in a clear and concise manner and better
distinguish between mandatory and permis-
sive expectations. As with the first batch of
redesigned policies approved by Council in
May, the expectations articulated within the
policies have not changed. To date, 24 poli-
cies not currently under review have been
redesigned in the new format.
As part of its policy redesign process,
Council took the opportunity to clarify the
language of its “effective referral” requirement
that is embedded within two high profile
policies. The expectation of the College is un-
changed, and the language change is simply
meant as a clarification. Please see article on
Council also took the opportunity of the
policy redesign to reflect the direction of a
recent court decision in regard to the writing
of no-CPR orders. The changes reflecting the
court's direction were made to the Planning
for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care
policy. The policy will be reviewed in its en-
tirety in 2020. Please see article on page 29.
Some small housekeeping amendments
were also made to the Mandatory and Per-
missive Reporting policy. Since the policy
was last updated, a number of legislative
amendments have come into force, necessitat-
ing that the amendments be made.
The College will begin posting information
related to charges and findings of guilt from
international jurisdictions (under criminal
laws, health insurance (billing) laws and con-
trolled drugs and substances laws comparable
to those in Canada/Ontario) that occurred on
or after September 20, 2019.
Criminal Record Search
Council approved minor revisions to the
newly titled Criminal Record Search policy.
The new title reflects the variability in ter-
minology used across jurisdictions. Amend-
ments to the policy were made in response to
process changes in the registration program
area and to streamline the policy by focusing
only on registration issues.
ISSUE 3, 2019 DIALOGUE