SDPC calls for new regulator in Scotland

13 November, 2014

Demands have been stepped up for a new regulator in Scotland to replace the much-criticised GDC, as it struggles to cope with the storm over proposed fee increases.

In the latest attack on the GDC, the Scottish Dental Practice Committee has now enshrined in policy a motion calling on the government to set up a new governing body north of the border.

At a recent committee meeting, members unanimously passed a motion that read: “The General Dental Council as a body is no longer fit for purpose to regulate the dental team and protect patients.

“The Scottish Dental Practice Committee would like a Scotland-based regulatory body which is fit for purpose to be established.”

The committee has now written to William Moyes, chair of the GDC registering its dissatisfaction about the regulator’s performance.

A similar letter has also gone to Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and to Margie Taylor, the Chief Dental Officer (Scotland).

Robert Donald, chair of the SDPC, said: “The SDPC motion reflects the anger felt by the profession across Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK.”

The SDPC’s call for a new regulator in Scotland will now be on the agenda for their next scheduled meeting with the government.

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