Have your say: B.C. could see major changes to oversight system for health-care workers
2019-06-11 from cbc.ca
The next few months could mark a major turning point in how B.C.'s health-care professionals are regulated, and members of the public have just a few days left to offer their input.
Friday is the deadline for public submissions on an explosive report that called for a complete overhaul of how this province regulates everyone from surgeons to occupational therapists.
"Patients I have spoken to do not have great confidence in the colleges or in health regulation generally," Harry Cayton wrote in his report, released to the public in April.
The report recommends a top-to-bottom replacement of B.C.'s Health Professions Act (HPA), an action that could have implications for professional regulation far beyond the borders of this province.
Cayton, the former chief executive of the U.K. Professional Standards Authority, was commissioned by the province to look into dysfunction at the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. and recommend changes to the HPA.
What he found was a system of self-regulation that often failed to put patient safety first and suffered from a lack of transparency — especially when it comes to information on complaints and discipline involving health-care professionals.
Cayton proposed creating a single register to cover all health professions, which would be managed by a new, independent body responsible for investigating complaints and handing out discipline. Another new body would provide oversight of the entire system.
The colleges, meanwhile, would all agree to a single code of ethics and conduct, and their main responsibilities would be licensing and setting standards of practice.
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