Regulators’ joint statement and supplementary advice
Dental defence experts MDDUS has welcomed the GDC’s acknowledgement that the broad range of Covid-related challenges and difficulties faced by the dental profession should be considered formally when it investigates any concerns about a registrant.
The regulators’ joint statement: We recognise that in highly challenging circumstances, professionals may need to depart from established procedures in order to care for patients and people using health and social care services. Our regulatory standards are designed to be flexible and to provide a framework for decision-making in a wide range of situations. They support professionals by highlighting the key principles which should be followed, including the need to work cooperatively with colleagues to keep people safe, to practise in line with the best available evidence, to recognise and work within the limits of their competence, and to have appropriate indemnity arrangements relevant to their practice.
We recognise that the individuals on our registers may feel anxious about how context is taken into account when concerns are raised about their decisions and actions in very challenging circumstances.
Where a concern is raised about a registered professional, it will always be considered on the specific facts of the case, taking into account the factors relevant to the environment in which the professional is working. We would also take account of any relevant information about resource, guidelines or protocols in place at the time.
Full MDDUS press release with links HERE
(The more cynical amongst us wonder how enthusiastic the GDC were about embracing the decision and whether they would have made a declaration unilaterally. )