Those who haven't already added their voices to the chorus of concern about Care Quality Commisson registration can now join in the BDA's campaign of writing to MPs. The text of the BDA's campaign postcard is now available to download so that it can be sent by email or letter. This is intended to increase further the number of practitioners in England who contact their MP and enable non-BDA members to participate. You can check who your MP is and how to contact them by entering your postcode at: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/.
The campaign has already won the backing of practitioners from across the country. Representatives of Local Dental Committees and individual dentists alike have helped to encourage their peers to participate. If you are a BDA member reading this and know non-members who you think will want to join the campaign, please email them to encourage them to do so.
The campaign is calling for a simplification of the arrangements for the Care Quality Commission to register practice to ensure its functions do not duplicate those carried out elsewhere, a reasonable fee for registration to be set and a delay to the deadline for registration while these issues are properly addressed. The BDA-produced postcard and letter call on MPs to write to Secretary of State Andrew Lansley to request that he implements these three measures.
The postcards were distributed to BDA members in the December edition of BDA News and to Local Dental Committee officers at LDC Officials’ Day on 3 December.