VANCOUVER (AP) The Canadian dentists Association says the British Columbia Health Authority has agreed to lease part of its dental office at a Vancouver hospital to a private company.
The decision comes as the BC Liberals continue to face criticism over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s also an indication of how much of the dental profession remains untested by coronaviruses and how hard it’s been to find a new practice.
The BCHCA says the new company, Canadian Dentistry Services, will take over a dentistry facility in the Vancouver Regional Health Authority that is part of the BCHSA and will provide dentists with dental supplies and advice.
The dental office is located in the BCDHS’ main dental facility, in the former B.C. Children’s Hospital building.
It’s also used for dental examinations, treatment of minor dental ailments and minor dental work, the BCHC says.
The B.D.H.S. says it will provide the dental office with the necessary dental supplies, and it expects to start accepting dental appointments next week.
The announcement was made in a letter sent Wednesday to members of the B.G. Conservative caucus, who voted in favour of the lease.
The letter says the lease would be for “approximately six months,” but the agreement does not include a contract length or any timeline for when that would be.
The BCHAC said the lease is “not a contract for longer than six months.”
It was not immediately clear if the lease could be extended beyond that.
The Canadian Association of Dental Surgeons says the dental offices at hospitals and community dental clinics are vital to the quality of care provided to patients.
It also says dental professionals are highly skilled and knowledgeable in their fields.