A group representing 200 nurses in Quebec who work in medical aesthetics are stepping up their fight against the Quebec College of Physicians.
The nurses have sent a lawyer’s letter stating they are furious about new rules that force patients to get a doctor’s prescription before receiving Botox injections starting May 1.
“We are demanding that the College suspend the new rules that abolish the collective prescriptions,” said Louise St-Aubin, president of the Regroupement des infirmiers et infirmières entrepreneurs du Québec (RIIEQ).
Currently, patients wanting Botox or other injectable products can see a dermatologist, plastic surgeon or registered nurse who has a collective prescription from a doctor.
The College changed the rules after discovering that some collective prescriptions were made by doctors who had no knowledge in the field.
“There was no control,” explained Dr. Charles Bernard, president of the Quebec College of Physicians.
“Nurses would ask some physicians who were not in that kind of practice to sign those prescriptions.”
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The College’s decision also stems from a recent case where a physician pleaded guilty to accepting $10,000 for a collective prescription.
“We can’t accept those kind of practices,” said Bernard in an interview last week.
The College won’t comment on the lawyer’s letter, but nurses are hoping it will be enough to buy them more time to reorganize their businesses.
“They gave us only one month’s notice,” deplored St-Aubin.
“We find this disrespectful and ridiculous, we have employees to consider and investments.”
The RIIEQ is meeting with Quebec health minister Gaétan Barrette Friday in the hopes he intervenes and suspends the College’s new rules.