GDCThe GDC has published its response to the views it received to its consultation on Shifting the balance.

Launched in January this year, Shifting the balance outlines the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) plans for the future of dental regulation.

The GDC claims it received 86 responses from individual practitioners, professional associations and partners, with responses being broadly supportive of the proposals, which have been published in Shifting the balance: The GDC’s response to your views and next steps.

‘We’re very grateful for the input and feedback we have received in relation to Shifting the balance,’ Ian Brack, chief executive and registrar of the GDC, said.

‘Several respondents saw the proposals as ambitious.

‘We agree: for this ambition to be realised, close collaboration with dental professionals and wider stakeholders across the sector will be needed and we look forward to undertaking that shared task in the coming months.’

Shifting the balance

The GDC is now planning to move ahead with implementing many of the areas it proposed in Shifting the balance in 2018.

It has already begun implementing several key areas, including a comprehensive review of fitness to practise processes, developing a clearer understanding of what constitutes ‘seriousness’, improving how complaints are handled locally, and the enhanced sharing of learning outcomes for upstream gains.

The regulator is now seeking further collaboration by setting up a network of leaders from across dentistry, which the GDC hopes can deliver a more proportionate system of dental regulation.

‘We support the GDC’s ambitious proposals to build a new culture and encourage debate on reform,’ MDDUS chief executive, Chris Kenny, said.

‘There is a great demand within the profession for accountability in terms of the GDC’s overall spending, particularly with regards to the fitness to practise function.

‘We welcome the speed with which the GDC has initiated this review and its engagement with stakeholders such as ourselves.

‘The welcome comprehensive fitness to practise review shouldn’t delay early implementation of relevant incremental changes.’