As of Jan. 1, Alberta doctors have a new set of rules to follow if they want to leave their practice or take job action.
The new policies, approved in December by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), do not include a requirement that doctors stagger resignations, something that was a part of the original consultation document.
CPSA spokesperson Jessica McPhee said the requirement to stagger was not included in the final policy because the college didn’t want to limit doctors’ mobility.
“Physicians are still definitely required to notify if they leave, but there are some situations where staggering might not be possible and in those circumstances, we don’t want to limit a physician’s freedom of mobility,” she said.
A total of 395 physicians commented on the proposals between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, McPhee said. That’s the second highest engagement the CPSA has ever seen, surpassed only by the consultation for the standards of practice for medical assistance in dying, she said.