Physicians and Health Emergencies – Preliminary Consultation (Consultation Closed)

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    The deadline to provide feedback is November 25, 2016.

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    The College’s Physicians and Health Emergencies policy is currently being reviewed. The current policy was developed after the 2003 SARS epidemic and during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic to reaffirm the profession’s commitment to the public and colleagues in times of health emergencies.

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    To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. Comments received during this preliminary consultation will assist the College in updating the policy. When a revised draft is developed, it will be recirculated for further comment before it is finalized by Council.


    We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy…



    When in crisis, the ill depend on physicians to provide care, and this is no different in the event of a health emergency, such as natural disasters or disease endemics. Physicians have always played, and will continue to play, a central role in responding to the needs of individual patients and the public collectively. This is reflected in the federal, provincial and local responses to health emergencies, which requires extensive involvement of physicians. Providing care to patients during a health emergency requires physicians balance competing duties and responsibilities: those owed to their patients and the public, and those owed to themselves and their families. This policy was developed after the 2003 SARS epidemic and during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic to reaffirm the profession’s commitment to the public and colleagues in times of health emergencies.

    Have Your Say

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    In particular, we are interested to know:

          • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
          • Are there issues not addressed in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
          • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by November 25, 2016.

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Physicians and Health Emergenciespolicy reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The feedback obtained during this consultation will be carefully reviewed and used to evaluate the draft. While it may not be possible to ensure that every comment or suggested edit will be incorporated into the revised policy, all comments will be carefully considered.

    Once a revised draft policy has been developed, stakeholders will be invited to review the revised document and provide further feedback before it is considered for final approval by Council.

    Final decisions regarding policy revisions are made by College Council.

    To ensure transparency, the College will post all consultation feedback in accordance with our posting guidelines.

    We value your feedback and thank you again for participating in our policy review process.


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    Send us your feedback by mail:

    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario

    Attention: Policy Department