The British Dental Association (BDA) has secured an urgent meeting with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to express once again its concerns about registration with the body.
Dentists throughout England are finding severe practical problems in the registration process and the quality and consistency of information from the CQC.
This follows a meeting with the Minister in July at which he made it clear that dentists would have to register.
In its letter to the CQC requesting the meeting, the BDA says that it remains very concerned that the current regime lacks proportionality and fails to accord with the general principle of simpler regulation, that is, the avoidance of duplicated effort and multiple jeopardy.
Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA’s executive board, said: ‘We’re extremely concerned to hear that dentists trying to register with CQC are receiving inconsistent and contradictory information.
‘CQC needs to sit down with the profession to discuss these problems as a matter of urgency so that they can be resolved and, if appropriate, a revised timetable for registration be established.’
John Milne, chair of the BDA’s general dental practice committee, adds: ‘This is a shambolic situation which exacerbates the concerns that family dentists across Britain have expressed about the role of CQC. This situation serves only to confuse dentists and undermine the work of CQC.’
The letter to the CQC requesting the meeting is available at www.bda.org/docs/CQC_meeting_request_letter.pdf.