GDC responds to proposals for regulatory reform

THE General Dental Council has expressed concern that some aspects of Government proposals for a detailed, defined process to follow in fitness to practise investigations risks "locking regulators into a system which may work today but doesn’t have the adaptability it needs to respond to the needs of tomorrow".

This forms part of the GDC response to recently published proposals from the Department of Health and Social Care for reform of healthcare professional regulation - Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public.

The GDC welcomes the Government’s proposals but is calling for greater flexibility and a faster pace of reform.

GDC Chair, Bill Moyes, said: “My biggest concern is the further delay to the reforms as a result of the government’s decision to review the number of healthcare professional regulators. We need more progress in reform, faster, and a clear timetable for delivery.”

The GDC met with over 100 stakeholders from across the sector in formulating its response and looks forward to seeing the timetable for reform and the consultation for draft dentistry legislation.

Details of the response can accessed on the GDC website