The Health Committee, a statutory Committee of the Council, is one of three Practice Committees. The Health Committee considers cases where it appears that a dental professional’s fitness to practise is impaired by a physical or mental health condition.
After consideration of the allegations referred to it the Health Committee may:
Conclude that the registrant’s fitness to practise is not impaired and close the case;
Issue a reprimand;
Impose conditions for up to 36 months (with a review) (immediate conditions can be applied if required); or
Suspend the registrant for up to 12 months (with or without a review) (immediate suspension can be applied if required).
In the interests of public accountability, hearings before the Health Committee are generally open to the public. They may, however, be heard in private where the interests of the parties or the protection of the personal life of the registrant so requires, or if the Committee considers that publicity would prejudice the interests of justice.
Membership of the Health Committee is drawn from the fitness to practise panellists who are both dental professionals and lay members. The rules governing the procedure of the Health Committee are the General Dental Council (Fitness to Practice) Rules Order of Council 2006.
The current guidance in use for Practice Committees is the Guidance for the Practice Committees - including Sanctions Guidance (328.9 KB, PDF)