Responding to the General Dental Council's (GDC) recent proposal to conduct all practice committee and registration appeal committee hearings remotely by default, Rachael Bell, interim head of dental at MDDUS, said:
"Everyone has a right to a fair and public hearing and the GDC's proposal to default to remote hearings could potentially compromise this fairness.
“In cases with conflicting factual accounts, registrants should have the right to see their accuser face-to-face without providing justification for such a request.”
Rachael Bell added: "For many, a smartphone may be their only way to participate in remote hearings, which can severely limit registrants ability to engage fully in the process.
"The GDC's effort to manage resources must not come at the cost of fairness, particularly for those with learning difficulties, sensory impairments, disabilities or other challenges."
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