Dentists slam direct access decision
A meeting of the British Dental Association’s (BDA’s) General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) on Friday 10 May voted unanimously in favour of the motion: 'The General Dental Practice Committee condemns the flawed decision making process and subsequent decision of the General Dental Council to introduce direct access on the basis that its decision fails to protect patients.'
The General Dental Practice Committee is made up of more than 60 dentists from across the UK. Its members are elected by local practitioners.
GDPC chair Dr John Milne said: 'By voting unanimously in favour of this motion, GDPC members have sent a clear signal about their view on the GDC’s recent decision.
'The debate which preceded the vote saw expressions of deep concern for patients and palpable anger at both the GDC’s failure to properly consider the evidence for the change and the haste of its implementation.
'The Council’s decision fails to promote the concept and value of the dental team, which we believe is integral to the delivery of safe, high-quality care for patients. In failing to do so, it is misguided.'