Dentists without legal representation harder hit at GDC hearings

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A Freedom of Information request has found that 63 per cent of dentists erased from the register after a GD hearing in 2018 did not have any form of legal support. (Photograph: Indypendenz/Shutterstock)

Thu. 25 April 2019

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LONDON, UK: A hearing before the General Dental Council (GDC) can have serious consequences for a UK-based dentist. It comes as little surprise, then, that a Freedom of Information request to the GDC lodged by Dental Protection, part of the not-for-profit Medical Protection Society for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, has revealed that dentists with dento-legal support fare much better when faced with a GDC investigation than those without such support.

The response to the request showed that 92 per cent of dentists who were found not to be impaired in their fitness to practice had legal representation when they appeared before the GDC in 2018 and were able to continue practising without any sanctions. In contrast, 63 per cent of dentists erased from the register after a GDC hearing in 2018 did not have any form of legal support.

Dr Raj Rattan, MBE, Dental Director at Dental Protection, remarked in a press release: “These figures released by the GDC show just how important it is to have a good defence team if you are the subject of a GDC investigation. The investigation process can be lengthy and very distressing for dentists who fear that their reputation and professional livelihood can be at stake. This is the reason why Dental Protection supports dentists throughout all stages of a GDC investigation.”

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