BDA says health watchdog merger "not a silver bullet"

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BDA responds to news that government is considering merger of healthcare regulators

The British Dental Association has responded to news that government is considering a merger of healthcare regulators. The consultation launched today, 31st October.

The dentists' regulator – the General Dental Council – is currently the most expensive and least effective regulator in Britain judged by recent Professional Standards Authority reports.

A major survey of dentists suggested 87% lacked confidence in their regulator, but while 65% of respondents expressed a preference for a dedicated professional regulator – a similar proportion (62%) said they would support an amalgamated healthcare regulator if greater efficiencies could be achieved.

Mick Armstrong, Chair of the British Dental Association said: “Dentists have had to contend with the most expensive and least effective health regulator in Britain, but it’s unclear if merger is a silver bullet.

“We can understand the appeal of a Super-Regulator among ministers. It offers the look of big change, and someone else will pick up the tab. The challenge will be achieving real efficiencies without losing vital expertise.

"It would be easy to gloss over severe systemic problems with a cursory rebrand. Real reform requires a watchdog that really understands the challenges patients and practitioners are facing."

To see the consultation paper click HERE.