We take this opportunity to remind all CTCMA registrants that they have a duty to report concerns about unprofessional conduct, on the part of any regulated health professional, to the respective College.
We also support the full investigation currently underway and led by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, appointed by Minister Dix to determine the facts about specific allegations, as well as to look at the prevalence of systemic-level racist attitudes in our health care system.
This important work is taking place in parallel with our own mandate to protect the public by addressing the racism and injustice experienced by the Black community, Asian community, Indigenous British Columbians and all people of colour. CTCMA has well-established, transparent processes to investigate formal complaints made about the conduct or competence of registrants, and the authority to impose disciplinary measures if warranted.
All regulatory colleges have an important role in supporting changes that can address systemic racism. Health profession regulation supports every person’s right to receive the same access to and quality of health care, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, and age.
The mandate that CTCMA shares with all colleges is to ensure that regulated health professionals deliver qualified, safe, and ethical care to their patients and clients. This includes culturally safe care. These requirements are embedded in our codes of ethics, standards of practice, and other guidelines for health professionals in BC.
Health professionals regulated under the Health Professionals Act have a duty to report in writing if, on reasonable and probable grounds, they believe that the continued practice of any other regulated health practitioner might constitute a danger to the public. For more information, see the Duty to Report page on the BCHR website.
When we are complacent, we are complicit. To truly serve and protect the public in British Columbia, the College must do its part, as a health regulator, to maintain focus on this important issue and contribute to making change happen.
As soon as the Ministry of Health provides more information about how British Columbians, including registrants, may contribute to the ongoing Turpel-Lafond investigation we will update you all.