PSA report makes concerning reading says BDA

PSA report makes concerning reading says BDA

A Professional Standards Authority (PSA) report of an investigation into concerns about the General Dental Council (GDC) raises serious concerns about the performance of the organisation in recent years, the British Dental Association (BDA) has said.
 
The report makes significant criticisms about the handling of the disciplinary process surrounding the departure of former GDC Chair Dr Alison Lockyer from the organisation, including the lack of a complainant or complaint against her, the lack of an established process for dealing with the situation and flaws in the way that the matter was dealt with.
 
The report also looks at the GDC’s performance more generally, noting that concerns about the handling of Fitness to Practise cases appear to be being addressed and that improvements are being made.
 
Peter Ward, the Chief Executive of the BDA, said:
 
“This report identifies deeply concerning failings around the departure of Dr Lockyer from her role at the GDC. The mishandling of proceedings that is spelt out in this report is astonishing. For a professional regulator to have made such errors in the handling of proceedings is deeply troubling.
 
“Dentistry needs a strong regulator in which practitioners and patients alike can have confidence. The GDC will have a great deal of work to do to assuage the doubts about it that will have been engendered by its handling of Dr Lockyer and convince the profession that it really has achieved the improvements in its regulatory performance that the PSA identifies.”
 
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Notes to Editors

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association for dentists in the UK. It represents 23,000 dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students.

For further information, please contact the BDA’s media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit http://www.bda.org/news-centre/. You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/TheBDA.

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