The British Dental Association (BDA) has called for the General Dental Council (GDC) to reduce its annual retention fee (ARF).
The General Dental Council has recently published its consultation on fee setting, which includes future proposals for how it will calculate the annual retention fee.
The British Dental Association has reacted angrily, saying that the lack of consultation with the profession regarding the charges was “unacceptable” and that the annual retention fee should be decreased “significantly”.
The consultation was set up to get feedback on how best to go about changing the way it set the level of registrant fees. The General Dental Council believes the method it has settled upon will make the annual retention fee easier to understand for dental registrants.
The chair of the BDA, Mick Armstrong, said of the annual retention fee: “There can be no justification for keeping the ARF at its current rate. We have paid for the GDC’s mismanagement in previous years – it’s now time for the regulator to live within its means.
“The GDC is proposing to move away from consulting on an annual business plan to a ‘high level’ three-year strategy, with little or no scope to comment on the detail or the ARF. This raises questions around accountability when there is evidence that the GDC is using our fees to extend its remit.”
He added: “Co-operation has improved in some areas, but the GDC seems too willing to shut down a much-needed debate on GDC fees, efficiencies, reserves and spending of registrants’ monies.”