GDCThe General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) consultation, Clear and certain: a new framework for fee-setting, has now closed.

The consultation seeks to gather registrant’s views on how the GDC will set and spend its funds, in the hope that its costs will become clearer and more predictable.

‘We’re very grateful to the many individuals and organisations who engaged with us, sharing their views on these important issues,’ Matthew Hill, executive director, strategy at the GDC, said.

‘As we continue to strive toward a new approach to professional regulation in dentistry, based first and foremost on the promotion of professionalism, I am confident that this consultation will provide us with a solid foundation on which to build understanding and trust, in relation to our work.’

GDC responds to the BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) recently called the GDC’s consultation on fee setting unacceptable.

It claimed that plans not to consult the profession specifically on fee levels are unacceptable and that the GDC should significantly bring down the ARF.

In response, Matthew Hill said to Dentistry.co.uk: ‘These proposals are about a much more meaningful engagement with the public and the profession about how we do our job.

‘The consultation is very clear in this respect.

‘It states that our plan is to consult on future objectives and the associated expenditure that will underpin the ARF, and that those consultations would be “reasoned and costed”.

‘We know these ideas are new, which is why we offered detailed discussions with many stakeholders, including the BDA, during the consultation period.

‘We were disappointed that the BDA did not take up that opportunity because its members will be best served by having access to the facts.

‘But the door remains open and, should the BDA or any other organisation wish to discuss the proposals with us in more depth, we’re standing ready.’


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