Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 1 2018 - Page 11

FEATURE Closing a Medical Practice College wants your feedback in consultation on draft policy I f you are considering closing your medical practice permanently, you will want to pay close attention to the ex- pectations articulated in the College’s draft policy. The Closing a Medical Practice draft policy, which is now open for consulta- tion, updates expectations around patient notification, and physicians’ obligations in facilitating continuity of care. Notably, the draft states that physicians must provide 90 days’ notice to active patients prior to a planned closure of the practice – an expec- tation shared by other Canadian medical regulatory authorities. The scope of the draft has been nar- rowed from the current policy to focus on physicians who are permanently closing a medical practice, either because they are ceasing to practise medicine or because they are relocating. Temporary absences from a medical practice – for any reason – will be addressed in the Continuity of Care poli- cies currently being developed. The current policy only requires physi- cians to try and arrange ongoing care for ISSUE 1, 2018 DIALOGUE 11