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Retention of record-high GDC retention fees prompts criticism

25th November 2015

The General Dental Council (GDC) has prompted fresh criticism from the dental industry after confirming that its annual retention fees (ARF) for 2016 will remain at the same level as 2015.

After consulting with industry stakeholders, the regulator has elected to keep the ARF set at 890 pounds for dentists and 116 pounds for dental care professionals, though it states that it hopes to lower this in future as improvements are made and efficiency improved.

This fee is 55 percent higher than it was in 2014, with the increase last year justified by the GDC as a consequence of a greatly increased caseload.

However, the decision has been sharply condemned by the British Dental Association, which has been outspoken about its opposition to the current ARF costs since they were set at this level.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: "The GDC seems determined to cling to its status as the most expensive and least effective health regulator in Britain."

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK has also responded to the ARF freeze with disappointment, citing the GDC's poor performance, its lack of explanation for the "extraordinarily high" fee and the fact that most of the industry oppose the policy.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801806668-ADNFCR

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