GDC makes ARF decision
The GDC has voted to increase the Annnual Retention Fee for dentists to £890 – an increase of £314 – and decrease the fee for DCPs to £116 from £120.
At today’s (30 October) meeting, members of the council were given three choices based on differing financial models:
Model 1 – Dentists, £945, DCPs, £128
Model 2 – Dentists, £890, DCPs, £116
Model 3 – Dentists, £850, DCPs, £111
Current – Dentists, £576, DCPs, £120
GDC chair, Bill Moyes said: “The decision taken today is directly related to the effective delivery of our primary duty of patient protection. The additional funds that will be collected as a result will enable us to deal with the very significant increase in our fitness to practise caseload experienced over the last three years. On behalf of the council I would like to thank all those who participated in the consultation leading up to this decision.”
GDC chief executive and registrar, Evlynne Gilvarry said: “We will continue to seek efficiencies in the way we work but significant savings will require wholesale change of our outdated legislation. We will continue to press vigorously for a completely new legal framework, and meanwhile, we are working to achieve a significant interim legislative change which will improve the way we deal with cases at an early stage and reduce costs.
“In addition, as the number of complaints we receive is a key driver of costs, we are committed to examining why complaints are increasing and what we, and the dental sector, can do to reduce these.”
The new fees must be paid by dentists by 31 December 2014 and by dental care professionals by 31 July 2015.