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Report of investigation of General Dental Council whistleblower’s complaint

The Professional Standards Authority today reports the findings of its special investigation into concerns raised with us by a whistleblower. The investigation commenced on 11 April 2014. The terms of reference of our investigation as agreed by our Board were to examine the General Dental Council’s:

  • Management of the processes and support for its investigating committees which post-dates the publication of our Investigation report, ‘An investigation into concerns raised by the former Chair of the General Dental Council (February 2013)’
  • Response to the recommendation contained within our report, which was to review the processes and support that it has in place for its investigating committees, including the arrangements for gathering and monitoring feedback received.

We also investigated the adequacy of the GDC’s whistleblowing policy and the operation of this policy as evidenced by:

  • Its response to a disclosure by a whistleblower about the GDC’s management of the processes and support of the Investigating Committee.
  • Its management of a complaint by the whistleblower of detrimental treatment because of their disclosure.

 The main findings of the report are set out in Section Two on pages 7 to 12. Our conclusions and recommendations appear in Section Six pages 272 to 279.

 We are grateful to all those who have assisted with this investigation. We acknowledge and appreciate the time those individuals have taken to provide documentation and to answer our questions.

Download below documents:

Investigation report - General Dental Council
Letter to Secretary of State for Health
Letter to Chair of the Health Select Committee



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