Cqc Regulation Waste Time Money Say Legal Experts
Monday, 05 July 2010
Under current plans, all dental professionals - including dentists, nurses, hygienist, therapists, dental technicians and orthodontic therapists - need to register with the CQC by April 1 next year.
They will all then fall under the regulation of the CQC, which was set up by the Labour Government in 2009 to act as a watchdog for large health and social care organisations such as NHS Trusts and private hospitals.
But legal experts say the CQC regulations duplicate those already in place and policed by the General Dental Council (GDC) and therefore will not improve patient safety in any way.
The Dental Law Partnership, whose directors are all qualified as both dentists and solicitors, has called on the Coalition Government to abandon the plans.
Joint Managing Director, Chris Dean, has called on all dental professionals to support the firm's call by voting for its submission on the Your Freedom website, set up to gauge public opinion for changes in unnecessary legislation.
Mr Dean said: "As both dentists and solicitors, we are profoundly concerned regarding the impact of the CQC regulation upon the delivery of dental care in England.
"Our analysis of both the CQC regulations and the existing jurisdiction of the GDC indicates widespread duplication both in terms of coverage and substantive requirements.
"It is not likely to produce any significant improvement in patient safety or treatment outcomes, yet will increase the administrative and financial burden of both individual practitioners, the CQC and, ultimately, on central government.
"It would therefore be an unnecessary and wasteful use of significant resources."
Mr Dean has made his case in greater detail in a submission to the Your Freedom website, set up last week by deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, to gauge public support for changes in legislation.
Now he is urging all dental professionals, as well as those working in related sectors, to support the submission by registering online at http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk and voting for the submission, which can be found at http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/cutting-business-and-third-sector-regulations/remove-dental-professionals-from-regulation-by-the-care-quality-commission or http://bit.ly/cqcregulations
Launching the Your Freedom website last week, Nick Clegg said that the Labour Government had spent 13 years passing thousands of new laws and regulations - at the cost of Britons' liberty.
Your Freedom was, he said, the Government's way of calling for people's ideas "on how to protect our hard won liberties and repeal unnecessary laws," adding "we want to know how best to scale back excessive regulation".
According to Mr Dean, the CQC regulation of dentists is therefore a perfect example of what the website has been set up to find.
He said: "If the Government wants to know about unnecessary legislation and excessive regulation which has little to no benefit to anybody, he would be hard-pressed to find a better example than this."
The Dental Law Partnership (DLP) was established on 1st August 2000 by former dentists David Corless-Smith and Greg Waldron.
DLP is currently the only firm of solicitors with a team of in-house dental experts to advise its legal department on the specifics of each case. The team assesses all aspects of the patient’s history, whether or not the dentist followed procedures correctly and if the case should be pursued further.
To date, it has acted on behalf of more than 3,000 people in England and Wales in respect of dentists failing to provide their patients with adequate care.
DLP is a member of the Law Society and is a Lexcel-accredited practice. DLP provides clients with a range of funding options with the majority of cases being run on a conditional fee agreement.