Cathryn Zapf

Whilst introducing new controls on the profession might seem like an improvement there are going to be unintended consequences. Having seen this developed in other jurisdictions it is predictable that some doctors will leave or retire early. This work will not be remunerated and the cost borne by the physician. The impact on an already beleaguered profession’s moral will not be positive. In addition this extra checking of competence implies a profound distrust and undermines the doctor’s autonomy. In assessing this proposal secondary documents are mentioned but their content is not available. Does this imply that standards could be created without our knowledge? I have concerns that these proposed changed will be detrimental to recruitment and retention of doctors in Alberta. The law has to be applied in a way that minimally impacts the profession. I would like to see how the college has interpreted the law and it’s justifications.

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