When it meets on October 30 under the chairmanship of William Moyes, the General Dental Council (GDC) will be given three choices for the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) in 2015: £945, £890 or £850. It will also discuss its response to the recent consultation and the auditor’s report. Meanwhile the BDA has raised objections to the GDC taking the money before its legal challenge is heard.
Stephen Hancocks OBE has been recognised by the FDI for his services to the organisation with which he has been associated and for whom he has been working over the last 30 years. The FDI General Assembly has awarded him ‘Member of the List of Honour’ for his unique contributions throughout his time at the FDI.
‘More children should brush their teeth to halt tooth decay and gum disease’ is the message given out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which is urging local authorities to tackle a growing crisis in the state of people’s teeth in disadvantaged areas of England. But little mention is made of the importance of visiting the dentist.
There will be a record breaking number of candidates in the forthcoming election to the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC). A total of 50 members are now standing, drawn from the whole spectrum of the dental profession. Chief Executive Peter Ward said: “We have been bowled over by the sheer number of members who have put themselves forward for our forthcoming elections”.
Writing in his annual report Care Quality Commission chief executive, David Behan said: ‘We have found some outstanding care and rated many services as good’. The report concludes that the “last three years of inspections have shown… that the vast majority of dental care provided in England is of high quality” and “lower risk than most other sectors”.
The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced that it has initiated Judicial Review proceedings against the professional regulator the General Dental Council (GDC). The BDA has accused the GDC of failing to provide clear evidence of the policy or business case that have underpinned the proposed 64% fee rise - rendering the regulator’s case unlawful.