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CRB 'fiasco' delays dentists' CQC registration

The British Dental Association (BDA) has renewed its call on the government to delay the deadline for dental practices to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This is so that problems with the registration process can be resolved.

The BDA has written to secretary of state for health, Andrew Lansley, informing him of significant new problems with verification of dentists' CRB checks.

It could mean thousands of practitioners are unlikely to be regarded by CQC as satisfying its requirements by the end of March deadline, despite doing all they have been asked to and having the appropriate check in place.

The BDA's letter, which highlighted the severe inconvenience and stress many dentists are facing, included a copy of correspondence sent to CQC chief executive, Cynthia Bower, last week, protesting at a new debacle with the registration process.

This willl see thousands of dentists notified this week that CQC has been unable to obtain countersigned Criminal Records Bureau checks from primary care trusts.

Many dentists will now have to obtain a new form and have it verified at a Crown post office, the BDA understands.

Dr Susie Sanderson, chair of the BDA's executive board, said: 'CQC registration is a fiasco that seems to lurch from one crisis to another, spreading discontent, creating stress and distracting practitioners from patient care.

'It is disappointing, although sadly no longer surprising, that the process has now been pitched into a new crisis. CQC clearly needs time to get the process on track.

She adds: 'The dental profession in England is engaging constructively with the government on major changes to contracts and commissioning to help it deliver improvements to patient care. It is important that positive approach is reciprocated.

'The government has previously refused BDA calls to exempt dentists from CQC registration and even to delay the process, arguing that it is progressing well. That is clearly not the case. It is time for government to take action to show that it understands the profession's concerns and halt the development of a crisis of confidence among dentists across England.'

 Posted on : Mon 14th - Mar - 2011

 

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