BDA calls for GDC chair to resign

Latest PSA report highlights concerns raised by whistleblower

29 January, 2016 / infocus
 Scottish Dental  

The British Dental Association has again called for the head of the GDC to resign after the latest damning report by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

The report, which runs to 306 pages, lists the findings of an investigation into concerns raised by an unnamed whistleblower surrounding the regulator’s Investigating Committee. The report highlights a number of “objectionable practices” which it says jeopardised the independence of the GDC committee during 2013.

It also highlighted a number of organisational and personal failings in senior positions at the GDC, singling the current council chair, Dr William Moyes, for a series of failures and “inappropriate decisions”.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: “The BDA has consistently argued that the GDC is out of control and unaccountable. Once again, we can see why. The chair doesn’t understand dentistry and has failed to grasp that a fundamental prerequisite for good regulation is accountability and transparency. As this report shows, he has a disregard for his peers and is not open to scrutiny by the Council. This is a disservice to both the profession and the public.

“This only further reinforces the grave concerns and the massive loss of confidence the profession has in this hugely overpriced and underachieving regulator.

“Well enough is now more than enough. Dr Moyes must go.”

Speaking jointly on behalf of the GDC, chair William Moyes and chief executive and registrar Evlynne Gilvarry said: “We’re grateful to the Professional Standards Authority for the additional learning it has provided through this investigation and report, building on our own work since the issues first came to light in 2013. We are continuing to apply ourselves in full to the lessons contained in the report’s recommendations and other findings. We will be publishing our full response in due course.”

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