Earlier today, the Ministry of Health
shared updates to the multi-party steering committee's plans to modernize the framework for health profession regulation. The initial proposal was shared for public consultation in November 2019. The updated framework reflects feedback that the committee has since received from regulators, including BCCNP and the College of Midwives of BC (CMBC), health professionals, associations, educators, health authorities, Indigenous partners, unions, and the public. The full report is available
We welcome the recommendations made in the updated report. We are encouraged that Minister Dix and the steering committee have continued to advance this work despite the ongoing demands of the pandemic, as it highlights the role of the regulator as an agile partner in healthcare – one that enables and supports health professionals to deliver safe and ethical care.
Thanks to government's support, we have already made good progress. On Sept. 1, 2020, the amalgamation between BCCNP and CMBC will take effect, establishing Canada's first combined regulator of nurses and midwives. The board for the new college, appointed by the Minister of Health, comprises an equal mix of public members and registered professionals. And we are developing plans to further embed the principles of cultural safety and humility throughout our regulatory work.
We look forward to continued collaboration with the government, our fellow regulators, and other partners to advance these recommendations, so that we can fulfil our shared vision for more effective health profession regulation in the public interest.