Dentist Lobbies in Favour of CNC Dental Programs
Prince George, B.C. – A Prince George dentist is pleading for the board of the College of New Caledonia to keep the school’s dental programs intact.
Dr. Nav Mann, a life-long Prince George resident, a former CNC student, and local dental practice owner, says the proposed suspension of the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs would have a devastating effect.
“The loss of these programs will create a terrible ripple effect throughout the dental community, which will ultimately diminish the public’s access to high quality oral health care,” he says. “A decrease in the number of qualified certified dental assistants and dental hygienists in the region will quickly result in a significant increase in dental staff wages.”
He says those costs will “be passed along to patients” which “are likely to create a significant obstacle to them maintaining good oral health.”
Along with increased costs, he says a shortage of trained dental professionals will create longer wait times and “less time spent with each patient.”
In addition to that, Mann says the loss of the dental programs would force dental practices to look elsewhere for qualified professionals which he contends will “produce a more transient and unstable pool of dental professionals.”
CNC’s Board of Governors will announce their final decision on the dental programs at their April 24 board meeting.
The board is grappling with a $2.8 million deficit this year.