Alison Lockyer has resigned as chair of the General Dental Council (GDC) and as a member of the Council amid rumours of divisions within the regulatory body.
Alison says: ‘It is with regret that I have decided to resign from my post as chair of the General Dental Council.
‘It would not be appropriate at the moment for me to go into detail about my reasons for resigning suffice to say that, over the last few months, there have been issues that have caused me concern.
‘I remain passionate about the importance of protecting the public through professional self regulation.’
A spokseperson for the GDC said: ‘We would like to thank Alison for her service as chair since January 2010 and as a member of the Council since 2001 and we wish her well for the future.
The GDC will now consider the process for appointing a new chair and any interim arrangements needed to ensure the continued smooth running of business.
Dentist Alison Lockyer was elected as the new chair of the council of the General Dental Council (GDC) in December 2009.
She qualified in Edinburgh in 1980 and worked full-time as a primary care dentist.
At the time of her appointment, she said: ‘I am really looking forward to leading this multi-skilled and talented council in public protection.’
An anonymous source said there had been a split and ‘fallings out’ within the GDC and suggested this led to Ms Lockyer’s resignation.