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Regular Dentistry columnist John Chope explains why GDC members have asked the Privy Council to extend their term of office.

Turkeys postpone Christmas


At its last meeting, the GDC considered the implications of the government white paper on reform of health regulation. The news that the GDC of the future may be smaller and will certainly be an all-appointed body with at least parity of lay members, plunged the Council into a dilemma.

The legislation necessary to permit these reforms will first need to be drafted, and under the Section 60 Order rules there will have to be a consultation process before the parliamentary stage. Clearly the government is very keen to see these reforms bite, however, with the best will in the world, the timetable for this process is going to be uncertain. Side issues such as a general election may intervene and who knows what that might do to the programme.

The problem for the GDC is that legislation to introduce the new fully appointed Council is unlikely to be agreed before the end of this year. This will be too late to introduce the necessary measures for the Council to move directly into appointed mode when the term of the existing Council expires in April 2008. Under existing rules, elections for the GDC must be held in the autumn of this year in time for the new Council’s induction period so that it is ready to take up office next spring.

The problem with this option is that the newly elected Council may last a very short time, possibly only a few months, before being abolished. The cost of this exercise to registrants is more than the £80,000 price tag of the election itself because the whole process ties up a chunk of valuable GDC staff in managing and coordinating the election including checking nomination signatures and eligibility of candidates. For all intents and purposes much of the vital patient protection drive of the Council is diverted into servicing this production.

Faced with the choice between allowing the election machine to gobble up the resources of the Council and registrants with possibly little gain, Council members, after a thoughtful but jittery debate, reluctantly and somewhat self-consciously agreed to extend their term for a maximum further 12 months beyond April 2008. It was accepted that this decision, which will have to be ratified by the Privy Council, may be inconvenient for some members and impossible for others.

Because any parliamentary programme is always unpredictable, the Council agreed to keep the decision under review so that if it looks as though enabling legislation might be delayed, the decision not to run the election could be reversed.

So there you have it. Turkeys don’t often have the opportunity to postpone Christmas, but this time, flu permitting, they could survive another season.

 Posted on : Wed 21st - Mar - 2007

 

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