A MESSAGE TO ALL ISLAND HEALTH MEDICAL STAFF 

Re: 2019 Medical Staff Rules Review

September 11, 2019

The Legislative Committee is asking for your help in reviewing our draft revision of the Medical Staff Rules.

These rules govern every aspect of our medical life at Island Health, and we want to ensure that they are as clear and as fair as possible. We have created a website to accommodate discussion and receive input. Please visit msr-review.islandhealth.ca to view the full revised Medical Staff Rules

 Why are we reviewing the Medical Staff Rules now?

This review process has been initiated in part to reflect changes in our organization including the incorporation of Nurse Practitioners, and the further integration of Midwives into the Medical Staff, and technological updates, such as the Electronic Health Record.

The review also provides the opportunity to help refine the relationship between administration and clinical staff.  The model we are aspiring to is that of the medical staff member as a “citizen” within the Health Authority. As citizens, our responsibility begins but does not end with upholding the laws. But we also have the right to expect accountability from our leaders. The Rules are being revised with this in mind.

We look forward to receiving your input. We are confident that together we can make the rules better.

Again, the draft sections can be reviewed, and comments and questions can be submitted below.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Etherington MD, VP, Medicine, Quality & Academic Affairs and CMO

Ian Thompson MD, Executive Medical Director, Medical Staff Governance

Catherine Jenkins MD, Legislative Committee Chair


On behalf of the Legislative Committee, thank you for taking the time to help us review and revise the Medical Staff Rules.

The Medical Staff Rules govern every aspect of our medical life in Island Health – whether we can work here, how we work with each other to provide care and ultimately whether we can stay working here. They are also one part of refining the relationship between administration and the medical staff.   The model we are aspiring to is that of the medical staff member as “citizen” within the Health Authority.  As citizens, our responsibility starts but does not end with upholding the laws.  But we also have the right to expect accountability from our leaders.

Because of the importance of the Rules, we are hoping to have as the widest possible input from the medical staff.

For more information about the review, please read About the Rules Review.

About the Site

This site is an open forum to allow for discussion and suggestions. As each section is drafted by the committee, they will be provided here for broader input.

Although the site will be moderated and submissions will be reviewed before posting, our goal is to have as little editing as possible. We recognize the importance of conversations to relationship building.  The reason for vetting is to protect patient and staff confidentiality.  Although we recognize the value of using specific examples in a discussion, these need to be sufficiently anonymized.  We also reserve the right to monitor language.  Wherever possible, we will work with you to make the comments suitable for posting.

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