Should dental body corporates be made to reveal themselves?

Should GDC registrants who are employed by, belong to, or are involved in, a dental body corporate be required to declare it in their practice literature?

That’s the question being asked by the General Dental Council in its current consultation Declaration of involvement with a Dental Body Corporate.

Following amendments to the Dentists Act in 2005, any corporate body can carry out the business of dentistry, provided it satisfies certain conditions.  

However, the GDC believes that in order to protect patients, those involved in dental bodies corporates should declare that involvement.  

Subject to consultation, the GDC plans to insert a requirement into its Standards Guidance to ensure that GDC registrants disclose they are members of, or involved with or employed by, a body corporate, particularly as part of any complaints process.

The aim is to ensure a patient has the information they need to make an informed choice and be able to pursue a complaint fully and appropriately.

The consultation period closes at 5pm on Tuesday 11 November 2008.

For more information and a copy of the consultation document, please visit our website www.gdc-uk.org.

Responses to the proposals should be sent to dbcconsultation@gdc-uk.org.

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