the Ministry of Health outlined a bold proposal for modernizing B.C.'s health regulatory framework. This proposal came in response to recommendations made by Harry Cayton in his report, An Inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons and the Health Professions Act, which was released in
BCCNP welcomes today's announcement. Government's innovative and forward-looking proposal to overhaul health profession regulation puts the focus exactly where it should be: on protecting the public.
We were especially pleased to see government's move to reduce the number of regulatory colleges from 20 to five. Earlier this year, we entered into discussions with the College of Midwives of BC to consider amalgamating into a single regulator. With the express approval of the boards and leadership of both colleges, we submitted a letter of intent to the Ministry of Health on Sept. 30, 2019.
We were encouraged to receive support to move forward with this work. Seeing that it is part of government's broader streamlining efforts is further validation that our proposed amalgamation with the College of Midwives makes sense for registrants, staff and the public.
We commend the Steering Committee—comprising Minister Dix, Norm Letnick, health critic for the official Opposition, and Sonia Furstenau, health critic and house leader for the BC Green Party caucus—for their foresight and leadership, and for their work to depoliticize health profession regulation in the public interest. We look forward to participating in government's consultation process, and we are committed to working together to bring their vision to life.