General Dental Council reduces annual retention fee for dentists
LONDON, UK: Some dentists, especially newly qualified ones or those with a low income, may struggle to pay the annual retention fee of the General Dental Council (GDC). Fortunately, the GDC has recently announced that it will be reducing its fee for dentists and dental care professionals. The new fee will remain unchanged for the next three years to provide more certainty for dental professionals.
The new levels have been set at £680 for dentists and £114 for dental care professionals. Explaining the reduction in fees, the UK-wide statutory regulator said that the lower levels are possible owing to the council’s reduced operating costs, its robust financial controls and significant changes to the organisation. In addition, the fee levels reflect the GDC’s drive to remove cross-subsidisation between different registrant groups wherever practicable. The introduction of an assessment fee for new applicants is planned for next year.
“The new fees reflect the expected costs of regulating the different registrant groups over the next three years, minimising cross-subsidy between them,” said GDC Chief Executive and Registrar Ian Brack.
“In our recent strategy consultation, one of our aims was to provide more transparency, both around the fees we charge and the activity we undertake, to fulfil our statutory duty of protecting the public and maintaining public confidence in dental services. I look forward to publishing that finalised strategy later this year which will confirm our ambitious programme of work for the next three years,” he added.
The new annual retention fee levels apply to the next rounds of collection, and the deadlines are 31 December 2019 for dentists and 31 July 2020 for dental care professionals.
More information on the annual retention fee can be found here.