September 13, 2019
Thank you to everyone who submitted comment to CDSBC’s Registrar/CEO on behalf of the Board, and/or to the Ministry of Health in response to the notice of proposed amendments to the CDSBC Bylaws.
There were several themes within the comments, but the strongest to emerge was a concern that the bylaws needed to ensure dentist participation on the Board.
The bylaw amendments posted last month were drafted to deliver specific changes requested by government. The Minister asked the Board to consider enabling the opportunity for dental therapists to run for election to the CDSBC Board. Dental therapists have been defined as “registrants” under the bylaws since they first became regulated by CDSBC in 2013 -- there is no change to this definition. This is why the word “registrant” – which encompasses dentist and dental therapists -- was used to describe board composition. There was no intent to exclude dentists from serving on the Board.
The amended CDSBC Bylaws filed with the Ministry have been clarified in two areas as compared to the version that was posted for public comment last month:
The Board approved the bylaw amendments and they have been filed with the Ministry of Health to come into effect on September 16, 2019.
The amended CDSBC bylaws will result in a reduction of board size from 21 to 12 members (six public, four dentists, and two CDAs). We will announce the names of the members of the smaller Board next week. The first order of business will be to elect a chair from within the Board.
Earlier this year, the CDSBC Board made a formal submission to Health Minister Adrian Dix to demonstrate it is protecting the public and working on behalf of patients and the public.
The Board's commitment, which we refer to as the Action Plan, was in response to the Minister's Directive to address the findings of an external review by Harry Cayton.