All discipline for health professionals to be public under new legislation, B.C. health minister says – CBC

Adrian Dix introduced long-awaited Health Professions and Occupations Act in legislature on Wednesday

Oct 19, 2022

B.C.’s health minister has introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that will overhaul the province’s system for regulating everyone from doctors to dental hygienists, promising increased accountability for health professionals and improved transparency for the public.

Adrian Dix tabled the Health Professions and Occupations Act on Wednesday afternoon, saying it will replace the Health Professions Act. The expected results will include routine audits of all the health colleges, funding for victims of sexual misconduct and the publication of all disciplinary measures, according to the province.

“Our government is making the most significant changes to oversight of regulated health professions in British Columbia’s history,” Dix said in a news release.

“These changes will streamline the process to regulate new health professions, provide stronger oversight, provide more consistent discipline across the professions, acting in the public interest and protecting patient care in the province while also laying the groundwork to further reduce the total number of regulatory colleges.”

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