Factsheet: New Classes of Medical Practitioners Regulations
OTTAWA, May 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Harper Government has introduced new
regulations proposing that midwives, nurse practitioners and
podiatrists be allowed to prescribe selected medications containing
legal controlled substances.
"These new regulations will improve flexibility within the health care
system and the timeliness of service delivery in Canada," said the
Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "They will promote
better continuity of care by removing barriers to access to these
medications, where and when they are needed."
Currently, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act authorizes only medical doctors, dentists and veterinarians to conduct
activities with controlled substances. The proposed New Classes of Practitioners Regulations (NCPR) would authorize these additional health professionals (midwives,
nurse practitioners and podiatrists) to prescribe, administer and
provide legal controlled substances such as codeine, fentanyl and
diazepam to treat patients in provinces and territories where they are
licensed to do so.
"Because of these new regulations, nurse practitioners will be able to
efficiently deliver a more comprehensive level of quality care for
which they are trained," said Judith Shamian, President, Canadian
Nurses Association. "Nurse practitioners are poised and ready to
deliver an advanced level of care that will reduce wait times and the
burden on emergency departments. The time for transformation is now and
governments are to be commended when they lead progressive changes such
as this one, positively affecting millions of Canadians."
"The designation of midwives as practitioners under the Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act is an important first step which we hope will
ultimately facilitate midwives having the authority to prescribe a
limited number of the appropriate medications for women in their care -
namely medications for pain relief in labour and management of
narcotic-induced depression in the neonate", said Kris Robinson,
Chairperson Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium (CMRC).
Provincial and territorial governments are responsible for regulating
health professionals, and have been consulted in the development of
these proposed changes. By working closely with provinces and
territories, the Harper Government is creating greater flexibility in
the health care system by making it more convenient for patients to
obtain the medications they need.
Interested parties may provide comments regarding this proposal within
30 days after publication in Canada Gazette, Part I.
Please visit the proposed regulations for New Classes of Medical Practitioners for more information.
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SOURCE Health Canada
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Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
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