07/19/2012 05:29 EDT | Updated 09/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Health authorities call for bi-annual reviews of N.B. doctors' licences

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick health authorities are recommending doctors have their licences reviewed and renewed every two years, rather than annually.

A provincial news release says the recommendation by the regional health authority boards is aimed at reducing costs and harmonizing the system with other provinces.

Proposed amendments to the law would require the renewals be conducted according to the bylaws of the health authorities.

The proposal also says health authorities should inform each other when doctors' privileges are withdrawn or changed due to incompetency, negligence or misconduct.

The draft regulations are available online and will remain so for 30 days.