New consequences for bad workplace behaviour coming to Nova Scotia Health – CBC

Independent review of cardiac surgery division expected at month’s end

Oct 07, 2022

The head of surgery for Nova Scotia Health’s central zone says new consequences for unprofessional behaviour should help prevent issues from escalating and confront conduct that’s plagued the cardiovascular surgery division for more than a decade.

“I’m actually feeling very confident about our ability to institute change,” Dr. Gail Darling said in a recent interview.

An external workplace assessment is underway after complaints about the behaviour of some surgeons, the way learners and support staff are treated, and a lack of action by senior officials to enact change. Reviews in 2010 and 2016 identified the need for a code of conduct with teeth to address behaviour one of the reports described as having no place in modern medicine.

While that review work nears completion, Darling has received the final report from a task force she commissioned to look into workplace conduct and consequences for unprofessional behaviour.

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