14 February 2013
General Dental Council welcomes responses to BDA statement
The General Dental Council is welcoming clarification from the Department of Health and the Professional Standards Authority on a misleading public statement issued by the British Dental Association.
An independent inquiry published by the PSA earlier this week had rejected allegations that the GDC failed in its statutory duty as a healthcare regulator between 2009 and early 2011.
The PSA has rejected the BDA's interpretation of its investigation.
The PSA adds:
“The Authority's report in fact says that the GDC was and is fulfilling its statutory functions, that its performance is improving and that none of the actions of its individual Council members ought to be drawn to the attention of the Privy Council.”
On behalf of the Department of Health, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter, said:
“We welcome the Professional Standards Authority’s thorough report.
The GDC play a vital role in helping to protect the public as they regulate all dental professionals, this is why we asked for the allegations made by the former chairman to be investigated.
The public need to be confident in the performance of independent healthcare regulators and we are pleased the evidence in the report suggests that the GDC is carrying out its functions properly.”
The inquiry by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care was conducted in response to concerns raised by the former GDC Chair, Alison Lockyer who stepped down in May 2011. Its report has been published on its website http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/.