THE General Dental Council has announced that the annual retention fee (ARF) will increase by 1.5 per cent to £690 for dentists.
There will be no increase on the £114 for dental care professionals.
The GDC points out that the rise for dentists is far below the 10.1 per cent rate of inflation (CPI, 12 months to September 2022) and the ARF level for both dentists and dental care professionals is lower than the GDC indicated when it consulted on plans in the summer.
GDC Chief Executive and Registrar, Ian Brack, said: “In the current uncertain and volatile economic climate, it’s essential that we manage financial risks – particularly those relating to inflation. We’re confident that our expenditure plans will ensure we are able to fulfil our primary role of maintaining patient safety and public confidence.
“While we will continue to aggressively manage costs, as we have said we may need to increase the level of the fee in the future. Any such increase will, at most, be in line with the rate of inflation at the time, or as a result of other exceptional and unanticipated circumstances.”
The GDC also announced that following a public consultation earlier this year, the Council of the GDC has today approved the regulator’s strategy for the next three years.
GDC Chair, Lord Toby Harris, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who shared their views with us on our plans for the next three years. We have listened to that feedback and look forward to publishing our final strategy in the coming months.”
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