Why do regulators present awards?

Last week, in Nova Scotia, the medical regulator, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia, presented a whole series of ‘best doctor’ awards. It made me wonder why does a public interest regulator do this? Is it a relic from days when regulators, acting like professional associations, focused on promoting the profession? Is it seen as a means of earning ‘member respect’? Or is it simply an example of mission drift that results when someone has a good

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