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BDA hits out at GDC’s direct access ruling

2nd April 2013

The British Dental Association (BDA) has expressed concerns that a recent ruling allowing dental hygienists and therapists to treat patients without prescription from a dentist will undermine care quality.

A recommendation has been approved by the General Dental Council (GDC) that will permit hygienists and therapists to carry out their full scope of practice without the patient having to see a dentist first.

GDC chair Kevin O'Brien has stated that the decision was made with full consideration of patient safety matters, with the change to come into effect on May 1st 2013.

However, the BDA – which previously campaigned against this decision – has suggested this undermines the importance of coordinating patient care through a dentist-led team.

It suggested that hygienists and therapists cannot provide the holistic, comprehensive care that fully-qualified dentists can, while also noting that a recent GDC survey showed a majority of patients do not favour this move.

Dr Judith Husband, chair of the BDA's education, ethics and dental team committee, said: "The undue haste with which the decision is to be implemented does nothing to alleviate the impression that this is an inadequately-considered decision that is being pushed through without proper reference to the risks it creates."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801565484-ADNFCR

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