Evlynne Gilvarry says a reduction in the ARF is possible

Evlynne Gilvarry

Evlynne Gilvarry says there’s every possibility for an ARF reduction in 2017

Evlynne Gilvarry has announced that a reduction in the annual retention fee (ARF) for 2017 could be possible.

In an exclusive interview for Dentistry magazine, Evlynne Gilvarry said that the savings the General Dental Council (GDC) has made over the last few years and the introduction of case examiners could lead to the dental regulator replenishing its cash reserves, leading to a saving being passed onto the dental profession.

When asked whether the introduction of case examiners would mean cost savings for the GDC and whether these savings would be passed onto the profession in the form of an ARF reduction, Evlynne Gilvarry responded by saying ‘Absolutely’.

‘What I can say for absolute certainty is that case examiners will save us significant sums of money,’ Evlynne Gilvarry, chief executive of the GDC, said.

‘We know that in a full year of operation case examiners will save us up to £2million.

‘The legislation will come into effect in April, by the time case examiners are recruited, trained, they’ll start in September.

‘At the same time we need to build our cash reserves a bit.

‘One has to be cautious because things can develop in regulation but I know that the intention of this organisation is to become ever more efficient using legislative change and other factors.

‘This is an organisation that realises that the cost of regulation is significant and we have a responsibility to make sure that the cost is no greater than it needs to be and that if there’s a possibility for it to come down, that’s our responsibility to bring it down.

‘It would certainly be the organisations aim to look to see how the cost of regulation could be reduced.

‘We regard that as our responsibility.’

Read the whole interview in the January edition of Dentistry magazine.


  1. 1

    The less heard from this person the better. She should just take her substantial ‘leaving package’ and no doubt glide off to demolish the reputation of another organisation. A sign of what is wrong with this country. She should be up in front of a ‘fitness to manage’ committee at the ‘General Management Council’, with a waiting time of at least 18 months to find out if she can support her family or pay her mortgagee.

    • 2

      As a member of the public who has experienced the “dysfunctional GDC” – I asked her for her resignation back in 2014…………..why did she wait?

  2. 3

    Hopefully the ARF could be reduced. GDC spent millions on refurbishment of their buildings recently, which I am sure was justified. However like the RCS Edin have opened offices in Birmingham. Its a shame the GDC could not consider a move to Manchester and pay cheaper rents or buy. I still think the ARF for dentists is disproportionate compared to DCP, and a sliding scale should be introduced e.g. for part time dentists, teaching staff who often earn less than GDP/NHS or privately. A compromise of £700 would be more manageable.

  3. 4

    Over-regulation in what the GDC is all about…..and the hypocritical government doesn’t want to say that most of the complaints against dentists is because dentists are never given a good nhs dental contract to deliver a platinum standard of care as the law requires, at peanut prices…..the GDC is never acknowledges that time and money, or the lack of it are the source of all the problems….that the last 2 nhs dental contracts were so bad that the caused dentists to reject the NHS poor pay and work conditions , and seek a better future in the private practice, only to find that after the recession of 2008, patients haven’t got the money to spend on private dentistry making private dentists desperate. The GDC doesn’t mention that the NHS contract before 2008 was so pathetic that is forced dentists to do multiple crowns, or recommend private veneers to make decent money, leading up to all the complaints about veneers later…. The GDC doesn’t mention about how difficult molar root canal treatments are and how long they take, and do not have a 100% success rate, that they can take a specialist 2 hours to do, but the law requires a gdp to do the same job for one tenth of the price…leading to …problems…..Hypocracy and lies and unfairness, excessive expectations and regulation is the cause of this huge beaurocratic anti-dentist regulating machine destroying dentists morale and punishing dentistry back to the 1960s…If such an anti-dentist biased machine has to exist, then at least half of its expenses should be shouldered by the tax payer……A good and fair NHS dental that allows dentists to work at a human speed, full time, 5 days a week , and earning £100,000 per year, would solve most of the problems that the GDC waffles on about. But then….. Sarcastically dentists are told….the issues are not about money!

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