Time for common sense to prevail: Susie Sanderson BDA

The General Dental Council (GDC) has decided to postpone a vote on whether dentists should be able to continue using the ‘Dr’ courtesy title so that an impact assessment can be carried out allows proper consideration of the issue. Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of the BDA’s Executive Board, said: “The GDC’s decision to defer its vote on this issue affords time for common sense to prevail.”

 


The BDA said this after noon (Feb 24) that the GDC’s decision to take the recommendation back so that the impact of the issue can be properly considered follows a warning from them earlier this week that a change to the rules on this issue would create confusion, be perceived as a downgrading of dentistry and could disadvantage UK-trained dentists. In a letter to the GDC the BDA also warned that implementing a change would mean resources being wasted.

Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of the BDA’s Executive Board, said: “The GDC’s decision to defer its vote on this issue affords time for common sense to prevail. We believe a change would cause needless confusion for patients and unnecessary expense for dentists. The GDC can also concentrate on sorting out its Fitness to Practise processes, which we believe should be its priority. We are urging the GDC to reject this proposal when the vote is taken.”

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