How B.C.’s System for Regulating Health-Care Workers is Failing Patients

When Harry Cayton started looking into the dysfunction at the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., he discovered something alarming, and the problem persisted even after a major shift in leadership.

“A concern for the well-being of dentists rather than a single-minded focus on patient safety and public protection is still a part of college culture,” Cayton wrote in an explosive report released this week.

As a health regulation expert from the U.K., appointed by the province, Cayton’s first focus was the dentists’ college, which had been the subject of numerous complaints over the years.

But as he looked beyond dentists, to all of the 20 colleges regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA), he saw this wasn’t an isolated issue.

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