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Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Baroness Gardner of Parkes has withdrawn her amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill to allow retired dentists, and those taking leave of absence for example for illness or maternity reasons, to remain on the Dentists Register after opposition from the GDC.

On May 21 Baroness Gardner of Parkes moved amendment 137 to the Health and Social Care Bill to allow retired dentists, and those taking leave of absence for example for illness or maternity reasons, to remain on the Dentists Register. Doctors can and do remain on their register under similar circumstances, but only those with a practising certificate can practise. This enabling amendment was opposed by the General Dental Council. In reply, Baroness Thornton said "The GDC's view remains that the dentists register exists to protect the public and that it is not appropriate for it to maintain a list of former dentists."

Baroness Gardner withdrew the amendment said "I am slightly concerned about the General Dental Council having to agree to the provision, as all the good things that I have seen happen through the General Dental Council over the years have come from pressure within the profession for changes. That is why I was keen to have an enabling amendment, which would mean that the General Dental Council could no longer hide behind what has clearly been a distortion of the truth for many years—its saying that this cannot be done. When I tabled the amendment, I was told that the Council could have applied at any time to any Government for an amendment to be made under Section 60 of the Health Act 1999...yet it always denied that this could be done without primary legislation. Therefore, even for the Minister to have placed that on record is extremely valuable."

 Read the transcript http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld200708/ldhansrd/text/80521-gc0002.htm




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1. cdt
Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , on 09-10-2008 07:56
another blatent move by the old boys club to curtail the possible employment of still extremley useful and proffessionaly experienced dentists by law abiding cdt's wishing to expand their clinics :(

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