A Message to All Island Health Medical Staff from the Legislative Committee

Re: 2019 Medical Staff Rules Review

The Legislative Committee is asking for your help in reviewing our draft revision of the Medical Staff Rules.

These rules govern every aspect of our medical life at Island Health, and we want to ensure that they are as clear and as fair as possible.  We have created a website to accommodate discussion and receive input. Please visit to view the full revised Medical Staff Rules

Why are we reviewing the Medical Staff Rules now?

This review process has been initiated in part to reflect changes in our organization including the incorporation of Nurse Practitioners, and the further integration of Midwives into the Medical Staff, and technological updates, such as the Electronic Health Record.

The review also provides the opportunity to help refine the relationship between administration and clinical staff.   The model we are aspiring to is that of the medical staff member as a “citizen” within the Health Authority.  As citizens, our responsibility begins but does not end with upholding the laws.  But we also have the right to expect accountability from our leaders. The Rules are being revised with this in mind.

We look forward to receiving your input. We are confident that together we can make the rules better.

Again, the draft sections can be reviewed, and comments and questions can be submitted at


The Legislative Committee


Jeremy Etherington MD, VP, Medicine, Quality & Academic Affairs and CMO

Ian Thompson MD, Executive Medical Director, Medical Staff Governance

Catherine Jenkins MD, Legislative Committee Chair