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​BDA members to consider the future as the GDC consults on regulation

26 January 2017

The BDA will canvass members' views to inform its response to the General Dental Council's (GDC's) long-awaited consultation on improving dental regulation, which was launched today.

The association will also scrutinise Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation to see if the GDC's plans are likely to achieve regulation that's better for patients and fairer for dental professionals, as the regulator purports.

The dentists' body believes that the current model of regulation is outdated, cumbersome and inefficient, a view that has recently been acknowledged by Bill Moyes, the Chair of the GDC.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong said:

"The GDC seems to be making the right noises in advance of launching their much-hyped plans to improve regulation, but as ever the devil is in the detail.

"We will be poring over the GDC's plans to reform dental regulation in the days and weeks ahead, to see whether the proposals are actually fair and proportionate as we've been led to believe.

"We'll be asking our members what they think of key planks in the document that will have a significant impact on their working lives, for good or ill, so watch this space.

"The GDC has of late been emphasising the importance of partnership working; we will be holding it to that promise in our response to the consultation." 

The GDC's three-month long consultation will close on 25 April. 

About the BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the voice of dentists and dental students in the UK. We bring dentists together, support our members through advice and education, and represent their interests. As a trade union and professional body, we represent all fields of dentistry including general practice, community dental services, the armed forces, hospitals, academia, public health and research. We are owned and run by our members and all our income is reinvested for the benefit of the profession.

For further information, please contact the BDA's media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit the BDA's news centre. You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter. Membership packages reflect the varied needs of dentists.