REPORTS FROM COUNCIL of the information available that will assist in being prepared. Please see the article on page 23. Closing a Medical Practice of practice and/or to re-enter practice after an absence of two years or more. The policy sets out the definitions of scope of practice and change in scope of practice. The policy retains the key content of the draft policy that had been circulated for exter- nal consultation. However, the revised draft policy and appendices have been enhanced for clarity. Council requested a FAQ document be developed to expand on a few issues in the policy. This document will be developed shortly and will be posted on our website. Please see the article on page 25. Public Health Emergencies Council has approved a policy that articulates the College’s expectations of physicians and reinforces the profession’s commitment to the public during public health emergencies. The Public Health Emergencies policy clarifies that physicians must be available to provide physician services, and that this may include direct medical care to people in need, taking on administrative support roles or temporarily expanding the capacity of one’s practice to offset the increased strain on physician resources. The policy addresses the importance of preparing for public health emergencies by participating in emergency planning exer- cises, and proactively informing themselves 14 DIALOGUE ISSUE 1, 2018 Your feedback is needed on draft expectations for physicians who are permanently closing their medical practice. The scope of the draft policy has been narrowed to physicians who are perma- nently closing a medical practice. Temporary absences from a medical practice – for any reason – will be addressed in the Continuity of Care policies currently being developed. The draft policy now states that physicians must provide ninety days’ notice to patients prior to a planned practice closure. This is consistent with expectations currently set out by other Canadian medical regulatory authorities. The article is on page 11. College Releases Interim Opioid Investigation Update Council received a second interim update that included the outcomes in the inves- tigations of 81 of the 84 physicians who had been investigated by the College after it received information from the Narcotic Monitoring System (NMS) about poten- tially inappropriate opioid prescribing. Nearly half of physicians investigated – 36 – have been ordered to take mandated remediation. This could include an agree- ment by the doctor to participate in educa- tion and practise under clinical supervision and to be reassessed. A further eight have been ordered to take mandated remediation and have also received a caution. Please see page 19 for more information.