Release of the Report to Modernize the Health Profession Regulatory Framework

The Ministry of Health outlined a bold proposal for modernizing B.C.’s health regulatory framework. This proposal came in response to recommendations made by Harry Cayton in his report, An Inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons and the Health Professions Act, which was released in April 2019.

The full report is available online. At a high level it covers four key themes:

  1. Reforming governance: eliminating board elections and replacing them with a transparent, competency-based appointment process
  2. Introducing an oversight body to increase accountability and consistency of regulatory colleges
  3. Simplifying the complaints and discipline process to provide a clear focus on patient safety and public protection
  4. Reducing the number of regulatory colleges from 20 to five:
    1. Nurses and Midwives
    2. Physicians and Podiatric Surgeons
    3. Oral health professionals
    4. Pharmacists
    5. The remaining colleges under a single umbrella

Similar to the release of the Cayton Report, government is seeking input from the public, regulators and other stakeholders. The 45-day consultation period will run until January 10, and we (the College) will prepare our own response and recommendations for government. Overall, the changes are similar to the proposals outlined in the Cayton Report that the CPTBC Board of Directors generally supported. To provide feedback to the Ministry of Health, see page 3 in the report.

We encourage registrants and stakeholders to review the report and share any comments with CPTBC Registrar Dianne Millette.