VANCOUVER, April 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) welcomes and supports the proposed changes to the Limitation Act, which balances the public interest with the need for clarity and consistency for dentists and other health professionals around limitation periods for filing a civil suit.
The reduction of the maximum limitation period from 30 years to 15 years is of significant importance to BC dentists. Currently BC dentists are required to retain patient records for a period of 30 years, placing considerable demands on record management.
"BC Dentists wholly support this change," says Dr. Bruce Ward, BCDA spokesperson. "Most dental problems are resolved within two years of when treatment is provided and any action is resolved well before 15 years. Retaining dental records beyond 15 years has no measureable benefit to the public."
About the British Columbia Dental Association:
The British Columbia Dental Association is the recognized voice of dentistry in this province, dedicated to serving the interests of its members and promoting oral health. There are over 3,000 practising dentists in BC.
For further information:
Susan Boyd, Manager Communications
British Columbia Dental Association
E: [email protected]