Dr. Serge Langlois, President of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ), has reservations about the bill introduced today, entitled An Act to amend the Professional Code and other provisions in particular in the oral health and applied sciences sectors, and believes that, contrary to what the bill suggests, the oral health of Quebecers can only be ensured by dentists, who lead teams of professionals.
The President of the ACDQ, which represents 4,300 dentists in Quebec, is convinced of this position after the bill’s first reading. “As presented, this bill will have major consequences for the oral health of Quebecers and will not improve the quality or accessibility of care in any way. In fact, the proposed changes will instead result in reduced access to a complete oral health examination, which only dentists can perform. This is a major step backward for dental health in general. That is why we demand that the bill be referred to a parliamentary committee for consultation, so that the government can hear all the parties involved and then make an informed decision,” stated Dr. Langlois, President of the ACDQ.
Bill 29 is inapplicable because the professional orders must first agree on practice guidelines before it is passed. Under the bill, the government entrusts entire facets of healthcare to individuals who do not have the required training, which threatens the quality of dental care received by Quebecers.
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