Annual Report 2014 - Page 6

Later in 2014, the Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy furthered the emphasis on patient-centred interaction. This is an example of an initiative that affirms the rights of patients to access care, and to be treated safely and without discrimination. The controversial aspect of the policy, as many of you may remember, was that it addressed the College’s expectations in circumstances where physicians limit the services they provide on moral or religious grounds. While the Charter of Rights and Freedoms entitles physicians to limit the health services they provide on moral or religious grounds, the College made clear that doing so must not impede, either directly or indirectly, patients’ access to care. In fact, I can’t imagine it being any other way. We also crafted a policy that adapted to the requirements of the new legislative framework regarding access to marijuana for medical purposes. The major change made by the federal government, as you may know, is that the responsibility for decisions of access was shifted to physicians. The policy we have now put in place serves and protects the public by proOur efforts to viding useful guidance to those physicians who do prescribe make the patient’s dried marijuana for medical purposes. Our efforts to make the patient’s well-being central to our well-being central mission ties into the theme of transparency. In 2014, we conto our mission ties tinued finding ways to provide information about physicians into the theme of and the process of medical regulation to help patients make transparency.