BADN “CAUTIOUSLY WELCOMES” NEW GDC APPROACH TO SETTING FEES
The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, today “cautiously welcomed” the announcement by the General Dental Council (GDC) on their new approach to setting the Annual Retention Fee for dental professionals.
BADN President Hazel Coey said “BADN welcome any suggestion that the GDC is moving towards more realistic fees, especially for dental nurses – the lowest paid members of the dental team, the majority of whom are earning only minimum wage – but are not entirely convinced that these new measures will do just that.
“As the professional association for dental nurses in the UK, BADN responded to the GDC consultation on fees, advising that the current ARF for dental nurses is too high for those in low paid, and often part-time, jobs. We urged the GDC to lower the ARF for dental nurses (the current system requires dental nurses to pay the same ARF as hygienists and therapists, who are on much higher salaries), to introduce a lower ARF for all dental professionals working part-time, and to investigate further the possibility of payment by instalments.
“We will continue to represent dental nurses in discussions with the GDC on this, and other, issues relating to dental nurses.”