The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed comments made in a Parliamentary debate, which called for fundamental change to the General Dental Council.
Lord Hunt, a Labour Peer and spokesman on health issues, said he was concerned by the current state of the regulator – which has been locked in a long-running row with the British Dental Association (BDA)
Addressing Parliament on Monday, Lord Hunt said: “What I see here is a culture of utter complacency within the GDC. It would look to me as if the GDC simply has not accepted the core conclusions of the various reports being written about its conduct and carried on with the complacent culture.
“I would frankly have expected the entire Board of the GDC to have resigned in the light of that report that came out just before Christmas. I understand the chief executive has, but no one else on the Board seems to be prepared to take responsibility for clearly a culture that has lasted over a good many years. I don’t think that’s acceptable and I seriously would ask the Minister whether there can be any confidence that this organisation is fit for purpose.
“I actually do now understand the concerns that the profession has about the GDC. I hadn’t realised, my Lords, until I have gone through this information, just why there was so much angst within the profession. I think, my Lords, that it is absolutely justified.”
The BDA’s chairman Mick Armstrong welcomed the intervention and said that fundamental change was needed at the top of the GDC.
He said: “It comes as no surprise to us that he has called into question the council’s entire governance structure.
“We have already brought our concerns to the attention of government ministers, and we urge them now to listen to these words of Lord Hunt.”