The Authority releases its report on the General Dental Council
Last updated on : Monday, February 11, 2013 9:00 AMAuthor : Professional Standards Authority
Date: Monday 11 February 2013
Independent report finds the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) standards of governance reasonable.
In 2011 Department of Health asked CHRE to advise it whether concerns which had been raised by the former Chair of the GDC, Alison Lockyer, about the organisation’s governance indicated that the GDC may have been failing to fulfil its statutory functions. We were also asked to advise if there are concerns about the actions of individuals on the Council which ought to be drawn to the attention of the Appointments Commission (now the Privy Council).
Our report http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/regulators/overseeing-regulators/special-reviews-and-investigations sets out in detail the allegations that were made, the evidence we received, either to support or refute those allegations or concerns and our considered view on each one.
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive said: ‘Our overall conclusion is that despite certain areas of concern identified as part of our investigation, we consider that the GDC was not at the relevant time and is not currently failing to fulfil its statutory functions, and that none of the actions of its individual Council members ought to be drawn to the attention of the Privy Council.’
Rachael de Souza
External Relations Manager
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Tel: 020 7389 8031
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
- The General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) functions are set out in the Dentists Act 1984 (as amended). The purpose of the GDC is to protect the public by regulating dentists and dental healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom
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