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BDA calls for end to ‘burdensome’ bureaucracy

17th June 2010

The British Dental Association (BDA) has called on the government to lighten the burden placed on UK dentists by excessive levels of bureaucracy and regulations.

A report by the organisation has revealed that BDA advisors have seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of calls they receive in the last three years, due to increasing concerns over regulatory compliance.

Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA’s executive board, stated that the rise in regulation affecting the sector, including the introduction of decontamination guidance and the Care Quality Commission, has been “significant and disproportionate”.

She suggested regulations may be having an impact on dentists’ ability to deliver high-quality patient care, a trend which she stated that the BDA will continue to campaign against.

Ms Sanderson added: “We hope that this week’s announcement of the halting of the proposed vetting and barring regulations signal a fresh approach to regulation that puts patient care before bureaucracy.”

Last week, the BDA executive board chair met with new parliamentary undersecretary of state for health Earl Howe for the first time and described the meeting as “constructive”.

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