GDC seeks views on address details on the public register

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  Posted by: The Probe      24th May 2016

Following last month’s decision of the Council to cease publishing the full address details of dental professionals, the GDC wants to hear views on the details that should be included on the public register.

The GDC is presenting two options:

  • To publish the name and registration number of the dental professional
  • To publish the name, registration number and town of where the dental professional lives

The changes will affect both dentists and dental care professionals.

Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the General Dental Council, said:

“It was a significant decision by Council to move away from publishing dental professionals’ full address details to the two options we are progressing.

We want to bring GDC in line with other professional healthcare regulators, balancing our role in protecting the public with the need to treat dental professionals fairly, while protecting their personal information.

We are very keen to hear from all interested parties of the merits of publishing the name and number of the dental professional, compared with the name, number and home town appearing on the register, before we make our final decision.

Whatever outcome is reached, the registration number will become the primary identifier of registration status, so it is good practice for dentists and dental care professionals to start to display it appropriately.”

As part of gathering a wide range of views, we will be speaking to our 5,000 strong patient panel, patient groups, dental professionals’ representatives and other key stakeholders.

You can respond to the consultation, which runs until 30 June.

See the BDA’s respond here.


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