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Governing Legislation

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Governance for the operation of Island Health’s facilities and programs, and for medical staff responsibility, is provided for by the following legislation:

  • Hospital ActHospital care in British Columbia is governed under the Hospital Act.  This Provincial legislation sets out requirements of hospitals.
  • Health Authorities ActThis Provincial legislation sets out requirements of Regional Health Boards.

Medical Staff Bylaws

Pursuant to the authority and requirements of the Hospital Act and its Regulations, and the Health Authorities Act, the Medical Staff Bylaws set out the conditions under which members of the medical staff serve the facilities and programs operated by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, provide patient care, and offer medical, dental and midwifery advice to the Board of Directors. Medical Staff Bylaws are established when adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by the Minister of Health of British Columbia. All medical staff are required to sign in agreement to the Medical Staff Bylaws * before working with Island Health. 

Medical Staff Rules

Pursuant to the authority and requirements of the Hospital Act and its Regulations, and the Health Authorities Act, the Medical Staff Rules outline the details of the organization of the medical staff and the day-to-day processes by which the medical staff provide patient care. Medical Staff Rules are established by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the HAMAC and the Medical staff. The Rules do not require approval from the Minister of Health. All medical staff are required to sign in agreement to the Medical Staff Rules * before working with Island Health.

Health Professionals Act

This provincial legislation provides for the registration and licensing of health professionals by their respective College.  Each regulatory College has its own bylaws and regulations.  For detailed information on the regulation of health professionals in our province, please visit the BC Ministry of Health website, Professional Regulation home page.

Health Professions Act Regulations

Regulations are created by government for each individual health profession governed under the Act.   These regulations contain a scope of practice statement and a set of restricted activities that outline what members of that profession are authorized to do. The Regulations also designate the regulatory authority for each health profession, which for Island Health medical staff includes:

Health Professions Act Bylaws

Each regulatory college has its own bylaws. The bylaws set out the details of the operation of the organization, including the duties and responsibilities of a governing board, committees and the registrar; qualifications for registration; and the regulation of professional conduct and ethics.