To support the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) in ensuring that dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants provide people with safe care and services, the Minister of Health has appointed five new board members to the board of the CDSBC.
“The new public board members of the CDSBC bring a range of experience from the public and private health-care sectors,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “The diversity in background, perspective and expertise they bring will help to stabilize the board and support the college in acting in the best interest of the public.”
Public board members being appointed are:
- Heather Anne Davidson, assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Health;
- Dr. Lynn Stevenson, associate deputy minister for the Ministry of Health;
- Sabine Feulgen, associate deputy minister, corporate services for the Ministry of Health;
- Dianne Doyle, president and CEO of Providence Health Care; and
- Carl Roy, president and CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Together, they bring a depth of experience in the public and private sectors, health research, clinical patient services and a variety of non-profit board work.
In a further move to assist the college in serving British Columbians, Dix took the rare and significant step of moving forward with a review into the administrative and operational practices of the college, including the board of the CDSBC.
The review, which is in response to a series of unrelated complaints made against the college, will generate learnings that the CDSBC and professional colleges throughout B.C.’s health system will be able to apply as best practices.
Dix has asked Harry Cayton, chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Professional Standards Authority to conduct the review. Cayton, a leading expert in the field of professional regulation, has worked with numerous regulatory bodies including the College of the Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. In addition to the work carried out across Canada, Cayton led a special investigation on the U.K.’s General Dental Council in 2015.
“I’ve asked Harry Cayton to complete the review to support the college in its continued work in service of the health and safety of British Columbians,” Dix said. “We’re working with the college to ensure the public’s best interest and safety remains in the forefront of their actions.”
A backgrounder follows.