The British Dental Association (BDA) has told the General Dental Council (GDC) that it will seek a court order to secure access to evidence that underpins the regulator’s proposal to raise the annual registration fee (ARF) by 64%.
The GDC has recently commissioned a report from accounting firm KPMG to test the assumptions underpinning its ARF consultation.
Last week the GDC agreed to a BDA lawyer’s request that it would share the KPMG report when it is finalised.
However, the dental regulator hasn’t given answers to other questions in an exchange of legal letters with the BDA, leading to the regulator being threatened with judicial review proceedings.
The BDA claim the GDC has refused to disclose key information – including the instructions handed to KPMG.
Mick Armstrong, chair of the British Dental Association’s Principal Executive Committee, said: ‘From the start the GDC has stubbornly refused to disclose the key information behind its planned fee hike.
‘We’ve sought reasonable clarity but all we have been left with is a growing list of unanswered questions.
‘Well today we couldn’t be clearer – the GDC has to come clean or we will seek a court order.
‘The GDC has options.
‘It can still change tack and avoid unnecessary legal action.
‘We, however, will not waver in our determination to secure proportionate, fair and affordable regulation.’