BADN RESPONSE TO LACK OF DENTAL NURSE INPUT ON NEW GDC
2 September 2013
BADN CONCERNED ABOUT NEW GDC’s LACK OF DENTAL NURSE INPUT
The British Association of Dental Nurses, the UK’s only professional association for dental nurses, has today expressed its concerns about the composition of the new GDC.
In a letter to the new Chair-elect, William Moyes, BADN states that it had welcomed the appointment of a lay member as Chair in the hope that this would lead the GDC away from its current “dentist focused culture towards one which more equably reflects the diversity of GDC registrants”, but is now concerned that, of the six dental appointments available, four appointees are dentists and only one a DCP – technician David Smith.
BADN highlights the fact that the absence of a dental nurse appointee to the new GDC leads to “a void of knowledge on matters pertaining to dental nurses”. BADN recognizes that the remit of the GDC is protection of the public and that appointees are not there to reflect the interests of their own professional group; but points out that the GDC makes decisions on matters such as education, standards, scope of practice etc which impact on those professional groups.
The lack of input from the largest registrant group – dental nurses – into the GDC’s decision-making process will lead “to decisions being made which could impact negatively on dental nurses, the provision of dental care and, ultimately, patients”.
Whilst stressing BADN’s respect for David Smith, and welcoming his appointment, the letter goes on to state “the appointment of just one non-dental nurse DCP to the GDC fails to reflect the importance of DCPs in general and dental nurses in particular in the delivery of dental care in the UK”.
The GDC is currently seeking to fill the remaining dental place with a registrant from Wales in order to conform to its policy of reflecting the geographical diversity of registrants.
To see the text of the letter sent to Mr. Moyes, please click Letter to W Moyes, new GDC Chair