Nevada dental board cancels meeting following newspaper investigation

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a notice for the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners to cancel their monthly meeting Nov. 1 after the Las Vegas Review-Journal published an expose into various issues with the agency.

The governor asked the dental group to postpone the meeting until an audit is completed, which is slated to be published Nov. 7. The audit will review the dental board's oversight of investigative activities, ethics issues and compliance with regulatory changes.

A report by the Review-Journal claims that the dental board failed to revoke the licenses of dentists who had allegedly injured patients. The board also allegedly failed to follow open meeting laws and had conflicts of interests.

This is the not the first time the dental board has been subject to an audit. In 2016, the dental board was audited.

At the next meeting Nov. 7, the dental board will determine if it implemented the recommendations of the 2019 audit. Three dental board members are also up for re-election.

"My administration is aware of allegations related to other state boards and we share serious concerns over what appears to be a pattern displaying a lack of oversight and accountability," Mr. Sisolak told the Review-Journal.

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