New association has been given the green light

Conference approves formation of Scottish Association of Local Dental Committees and motion calling for resignation of chief executive and chair of GDC is passed

29 May, 2015 / infocus

The Scottish Association of Local Dental Committees (LDC) is to be reintroduced after its constitution was approved by the recent Scottish Conference of LDCs.

Formation of the new association was proposed at the 2014 conference and a working group was set up to decide on a constitution and options as to how it might function.

Gerard Boyle from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde LDC presented the group’s findings to conference and it was agreed that the new association should be set up to shadow the SDPC rather than replace it, as was suggested by a motion last year.

The working group has now been tasked with formulating a definitive remit and firm proposals on funding, which will be presented to the 2016 conference. The original Scottish Association of LDCs was disbanded after devolution when the SDPC took over as the negotiating body. The 2015 conference also included a motion proposed by the Lanarkshire LDC calling for the resignation of the chief executive and chair of the GDC “in light of its recent poor performance” and a motion calling for the formation of a regulatory body “more relevant to the needs of the dental profession in Scotland”, proposed by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde LDC.

Both motions were passed unanimously.

There was also a motion, passed unanimously, calling on Scottish Government to “assess the current level of dental graduate output in Scotland and justify the business case for the continuation of the Aberdeen Dental School”.

Outgoing conference chair Jeff Ellis handed over the reins to new chair Jacqueline Fredericks and David McIntyre from Lanarkshire was voted in as chair elect. The conference also included presentations on domiciliary dental care by Catriona Sweeney, clinical senior lecturer and honorary consultant at Glasgow Dental Hospital, and Andrew Gibson, a GDP with special interest in domiciliary care of the elderly.

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