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Bexley dentists rebel against regulator

PUBLISHED: 12:41 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 08 December 2014

Dentists passed a vote of no confidence.

Dentists passed a vote of no confidence.

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Dentists from across the UK passed a motion of no confidence in the General Dental Council (GDC) on Friday.

For the first time in the history of the GDC, a special national conference was convened by the profession to discuss its performance.

More than 200 dentists and dental professionals from all around the country, including Bexley and Greenwich, attended the event at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London.

The motion that “this conference believes the GDC has failed in its role as the regulator for dentistry in its current model and demands a reformation of the GDC that will protect patients and re-establish the support of the dental profession” was passed unanimously.

Among many changes which have been made by the GDC in the last year, the GDC recently announced a 55 per cent increase in their annual registration fees for dentists, from approximately £576pa to £890pa.

Ian Gordon, spokesperson for the alliance of local dental committees fighting to improve regulation in the industry, said: “Fundamental reform is clearly needed, starting with a return to mutual trust and away from a culture of fear.

“Proportional regulation led by a regulator who understands the profession is a pre requisite to progress.

“The GDC simply has to reform and return to working with the profession and not against it.

“Ultimately that will be the best outcome for patients.”

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