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Probity matters raised in Northern Ireland

14 May 2019


A series of steps aimed at making the probity process more transparent, better understood, less onerous and ultimately less stressful for General Dental Practitioners have been put forward by BDA Northern Ireland.

This follows on from a recent meeting between a NIDPC delegation and representatives from Probity Service to discuss various issues that had been raised by the profession in connection with the probity process. 

According to a recent BDA survey, 81% of respondents said they perceive the probity process to be stressful.

Explaining the steps taken, BDA NI Director Tristen Kelso said:

"We do not dispute the clear obligation on public authorities to account for the proper appropriation of public funds. Nonetheless, we believe there is scope to reform the probity process in a way that reduces the burden on practitioners, while still meeting those obligations. That is what we are interested in exploring with Probity Service".

Among the range of suggestions put forward, these include: practitioners who are off on maternity leave or long-term sick leave will be explicitly excluded from the Probity process; a separate meeting aimed at clarifying problematic SDR codes; more timely feedback while subject to probity; an FAQs document produced to make the process better understood and more transparent; twice yearly meetings to provide practitioner feedback and input into the probity process.

"In the context of the high stress levels on GDPs, it is in everybody's interests to work through these issues. We trust feedback provided on behalf of the profession will be responded to positively in the coming weeks".

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