Hospital / Medical Staff Relations
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Field Law has a long history of supporting health-care organizations in developing, implementing, interpreting and enforcing Medical Staff Bylaws.

Field Law has been retained to advise on the implementation of the administrative and disciplinary processes under medical staff bylaws, including:

  • Initial assessment of complaints against medical staff
  • Administrative hearings
  • Immediate action to restrict privileges
  • Consensual resolution

We work diligently with medical leaders that have administrative roles under the medical staff bylaws, and provide advice on:

  • Process
  • Strategy
  • Procedural fairness
  • Risk management
  • The effect of relevant legislation/jurisprudence

Our experience in this area includes assisting with the development and implementation of the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws (2011), the Provincial model draft Medical Staff Bylaws (2009) and the NTHSSA Medical Staff Bylaws (2018), the College of Physicians and Surgeons disruptive behaviour Guidelines, and health professional Colleges on Codes of Conduct.

Field Law is also retained to represent and advocate on behalf of health care organizations that, in fulfilling their mandate to protect the health and safety of patients, take steps to restrict or suspend medical staff privileges.  We represent health care organizations should decisions under the Medical Staff Bylaws be appealed to legislative bodies, such as the Hospital Privileges Appeal Board and any subsequent court proceedings should matters be the subject of judicial review or litigation.  

R v Newborn, 2017 ABQB 635