GDC commitment to “right touch” regulation welcomed

A CONTINUED focus on "upstream regulation" is among key themes in a Costed Corporate Plan 2020 recently published by the GDC.

The regulator states that as part of a three-year corporate strategy it is committed to promoting local complaint resolution by the "correct organisation" and ensuring enforcement activity and decision-making is evidence-based and proportionate.

The corporate plan is also intended to foster greater understanding of the relationship between the GDC’s regulatory activity and fees charged, and includes a forecast of income and expenditure for 2020.

GDC chief executive and registrar, Ian Brack, said: "The plan is an essential tool which will enable the GDC to manage its resources, in circumstances which will undoubtedly change over time, so it can deliver an effective, timely and proportionate service for the public whilst providing registrants with a far higher degree of certainty regarding the ARF for the next three years."

MDDUS CEO Chris Kenny commented: "It’s encouraging to see the GDC commit to developing their evidence-based, quality assurance approach to ensuring fitness to practise in dentistry.

"Their work programme for 2020 outlines a clutch of reviews and programme development initiatives in this area. We’d urge the GDC to ensure these are developed as transparently and consistently as possible and give priority to ensuring the earliest possible disposal of the many unjustified cases raised with them.

"We are keen to see the GDC maintain the momentum already achieved with the various operational improvements they already have in hand, whilst pursuing the bigger picture projects outlined in the plan."