1998/99 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 36th Parliament
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MR. G. WILSON

BILL M 211 -- 1998

AN ACT TO AMEND THE
MEDICAL PRACTITIONER'S ACT

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

1 The following section is added to the Medical Practitioner's Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 285:

Use of Complementary Therapies

89.1 A registered practitioner shall not be found guilty of unprofessional conduct or be found to be incapable or unfit to practice medicine or osteopathy solely on the basis that the registered practitioner employs a therapy that is non-traditional or departs from prevailing medical practices, unless it can be demonstrated that the therapy has a safety risk for the patient unreasonably greater than the prevailing treatment.

Commencement

2 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

 
Explanatory Note

SECTION 1: [Medical Practitioner's Act, enacts section 89.1] in keeping with the Declaration of Helsinki, signed by Canada, and within the stated guideline, allows a member of the college to use new and/or non-traditional treatments.


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