GDC promises fee lock for 2012
Dentists and dental care professionals will see no increase in their registration fees in 2012 following a decision by the General Dental Council (GDC).
This means dentists will pay £576 by 31 December 2011 and dental care professionals £120 by 31 July 2012.
The decision to keep the fee at 2011 levels is in line with both the GDC’s own Strategy and the Government’s Command Paper, ‘Enabling Excellence’, ensuring GDC resources are managed effectively, efficiently and sustainably.
The ARF funds the GDC’s work in:
· Registering qualified professionals
· Setting standards of dental practice and conduct
· Assuring the quality of dental education
· Ensuring professionals keep up to date
· Helping patients with complaints
The budget and business plan for 2012 includes continued investment in the GDC’s performance in Fitness to Practise. Improvements include:
· Holding more decision meetings and hearings to prevent case delays;
· Reviewing provision of legal services;
· Introducing a top class case management database to help manage case information better;
· Introducing improved internal guidance;
· Appointing an internal quality assurance team to make rigorous checks on the GDC’s performance.
Full details of the GDC’s annual retention fee and budget can be found online at www.gdc-uk.org.