Reappointment a ‘missed opportunity’

Association criticises the decision to extend term of GDC chair

06 April, 2017 / infocus
 Scottish Dental  

The decision to reappoint Bill Moyes as chair of the General Dental Council (GDC) has been described as a “missed opportunity” to restore trust in the regulator by the BDA.

Moyes’ initial four-year appointment runs until the end of September this
year and has now been extended until 30 September 2021. He has presided over the chaos of the 2015 Annual Retention Fee increase and subsequent judicial review process initiated by the BDA. His time in office has also seen damning Professional Standards Association reports following concerns raised by a whistleblower within the GDC.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: “The GDC chair’s term in office has been defined by a total collapse in trust in professional regulation among this profession, and the question remains whether such a figure can ever deliver the change we need.

“Patients and practitioners deserve a regulator and a chair that really understands dentists and dentistry”

Mick Armstrong

“While this reappointment represents a missed opportunity, our priority remains clear. Patients and practitioners deserve a regulator and a chair that really understands dentists and dentistry.”

However, the GDC’s chief executive Ian Brack welcomed the decision to reappoint Moyes. He said: “Under Bill’s leadership, the council has not shied from taking difficult decisions and has been willing to think radically about the way the GDC works in pursuit of our ambition to become a high performing, effective regulator. That focus and determination is delivering results and has laid a solid foundation for further improvements.

“This reappointment provides consistency in strategic vision which will help the GDC to realise the ambitious plans recently set out in Shifting the Balance – using regulation to enable and support dental professionals to prevent harm, while putting public protection at the heart of what we do.”

As well as GDC chair, Moyes is also currently chair of the Gambling Commission, chair of the Board of St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh,
and member of the board of the Albertus Institute.

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