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BC Government appoints Superintendent of Health Professions and Occupations Oversight

The BC Government has announced that Sherri Young will lead the new Office of the Superintendent of Health Professions and Occupations Oversight.

The independent office will oversee BC health regulatory colleges that regulate more than 120,000 health professionals, ensuring colleges continue to be transparent, accountable, and operating in the public interest.

The office will work at arm’s length from government. It will audit and oversee the colleges to ensure they are acting in the public interest, make recommendations for board appointments using a merit- and competency-based process, and assess health professions to determine if they should be regulated.

The role of the superintendent will also be to ensure that changes made to health professions legislation, through the Health Professions and Occupations Act that will replace the Health Profession Act, implement key recommendations of the 2020 In Plain Sight report (PDF). The In Plain Sight report provided evidence of stereotyping, discrimination, racism, and abuse experienced by Indigenous people accessing the BC health care system.

For more information

See the Ministry of Health news release on the appointment of Sherri Young to lead the Office of the Superintendent of Health Professions and Occupations Oversight.

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