BDA’s UK Council heaps further criticism on the GDC

07 November, 2014

The BDA’s UK Council has become the latest group to announce it has lost confidence in the GDC to effectively regulate the profession.

The body, which represents dentists from across the UK, has voted unanimously in favour of a motion that stated it believes the regulator is no longer fit for purpose.

Sue Greening, chair of the BDA’s UK Council, said: “Much has been said already about the dental regulator’s failures to manage its fitness-to-practice processes fairly, efficiently and transparently, and our vote echoes those concerns.

“To represent patients’ interests effectively, the GDC has missed one vital ingredient – it also needs to be trusted by those it seeks to regulate.

“The GDC cannot ignore the widespread anger induced by the badly handled ARF consultation, which has acted as a lightning rod for all that’s wrong with the GDC.

“The regulator has to work hard to regain the trust of the dental community, irrespective of the outcome of the ARF judicial review process.

“It urgently needs to develop a coherent strategy for regulation, and it must engage the dental community in this process rather than treating it as an inconvenient bystander.”

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