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​​College of Dental Surgeons of BC Begins Work Immediately on Response to Cayton Report


April 11, 2019

Last spring Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced an inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to be conducted by Harry Cayton, an internationally recognized expert in professional regulation.

Mr. Cayton's report contains two parts: the first addresses CDSBC's performance and the second contains his recommendations for legislative change to enhance the ability of all BC health regulators to carry out their public protection mandate, and to enhance governance, transparency and accountability.

CDSBC was briefed by Associate Deputy Minister David Byres and Mr. Cayton this morning, and received the report this afternoon. We accept the report and its recommendations.

Minister Dix has provided a clear directive and we commit to meeting his expectations to demonstrate that we are protecting the public and working on behalf of patients and the public. We will meet the deadline the Minister has set to provide an implementation plan within 30 days. Our work begins immediately.

This government review was a high priority for CDSBC's Board and staff over the past year. Mr. Cayton conducted dozens of interviews, attended board and committee meetings, and was given full access to our records. The review also involved a formal submission about how CDSBC is addressing the standards of good regulation, which is a customized list based on standards used by the Professional Standards Authority to measure the performance of health regulators in the UK.

Undergoing an external review has been a constructive experience and an opportunity to better serve the public we are here to protect. From the day Harry Cayton's review began, we have demonstrated our commitment to change, as identified in our 2019-22 Strategic Plan.

We will be reporting on our progress along the way.

You can read Mr. Cayton's report here.

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Dr. Peter Lobb              Dr. Chris Hacker
Board President           Registrar and CEO