MDDUS responds to General Dental Council position statement

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published a position statement on the registration requirements for oral and maxillofacial surgeons and other regulated professionals.

The statement explains when oral and maxillofacial surgeons registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) also require GDC registration.

The advice is also relevant to appropriately qualified clinical scientists who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Stephen Henderson, head of dental division at MDDUS, said: “We welcome this statement, which provides much-needed clarity to practitioners working in this field.

“MDDUS has worked closely with the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the GDC over the last five years to help identify the similarities and differences between dentistry and maxillofacial surgery.

“It is positive to see that the location where treatment takes place is no longer considered significant and that what matters most is the nature of the task.

“The next step is for urgent reform of the Dentists Act to remove the risk of double jeopardy in fitness to practise investigations, where practitioners are registered with the GDC and the GMC.”


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