Quebec Medical Association Adopts Policy Requiring Doctors to Disclose HIV Status to Immediate Supervisors
February 5, 2004
The Quebec Medical Association has adopted a policy requiring HIV-positive doctors to disclose their status to employers, Dr. Andre Senikas of the association said on Wednesday, CP/Yahoo! News reports (Levesque, CP/Yahoo! News, 2/4). The policy comes after the Sainte-Justine Children's Hospital disclosed two weeks ago that Dr. Maria Di Lorenzo -- who operated on more than 2,600 patients before her death on Aug. 16, 2003 -- was HIV-positive. Di Lorenzo in 1991 informed her immediate supervisor of her HIV-positive status, and a committee was formed to determine what medical work she could perform. However, the hospital had no written follow-ups on Di Lorenzo after 1996. Although Di Lorenzo's immediate supervisor was aware of her HIV-positive status, the hospital administration said that it was unaware of her status until a few weeks ago and that Di Lorenzo continued to operate on patients until her death (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/26). Under the new policy, all HIV-positive physicians must inform their immediate supervisors of their status and meet with a committee of experts to develop an internal policy. The policy must include provisions for tracking the doctors over many years, including regular updates as technology changes. Each policy must take into account the risks of the procedures performed by the physician and must develop specific precautions. The Quebec Medical Association, which is a division of the Canadian Medical Association, has 7,000 members (CP/Yahoo! News, 2/4).
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