The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians is a provincial, voluntary, not-for-profit organization whose mandate includes undergraduate, post-graduate education, the continuing professional development of family physicians and the maintenance of high standards of medical care and education in family practice.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter is the voice of family medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador and represents more than 660 family physicians who provide patient care for remote, rural, suburban, urban and inner city communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
The building and maintenance of high standards of practice, the continuing professional development of our members and improved access to high quality family medicine services for all residents of Newfoundland are at the heart of our organization.
The Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians is aware of recent comments made by the provincial Minister of Health, John Haggie, about the scope of practice of family physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador. Unfortunately, the Minister’s comments this week were not about improving patient care or how all health care providers - family doctors, nurse practitioners, other allied health professionals – work best when we collaborate; but we are not substitutes for each other. As a physician himself, the Minister is well aware of the importance of acknowledging scopes of practice.
The NL Chapter of the College of Family Physicians continues to promote Family Medicine as an integral component of health care delivery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Family physicians play an essential role as members of health care teams in a variety of settings across the province. This contribution is exemplified by the Patient’s Medical Home, which places patients and communities at the centre of care.
The importance of capturing the many facets of the family physician’s scope of practice has inspired the College of Family Physicians of Canada to develop the Family Medicine Professional Profile, which can be found on the CFPC website: http://www.cfpc.ca/fmprofile/
Over the coming days we, as a chapter, will be reaching out to the Minister of Health to initiate a discussion about the scope of practice of Family Physicians, including both the Patient’s Medical Home and the Family Medicine Professional Profile mentioned above, and to ensure that the Minister fully understands the critical importance of Family Physicians to health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nicole Stockley, MD, CCFP, President NL College of Family Physicians
David Thomas, MD, CCFP, Past-President NL College of Family Physicians