‘As our petition demonstrates, the inherent bias, flawed selection panel selection process, and disastrous appointment to the GDC chair will not be accepted should the process be repeated,’ the letter states.
‘Your duty as a regulator is to protect the public. We politely submit that in order to achieve this, a dental professional should be the chair of the GDC.’
It adds: ‘It is vital that the subsequent appointment process has a central tenet of restoring the confidence of the dental profession in its regulator; only by a dental professional taking the chair can this be achieved.’
Additionally, it highlighted that more than 8,600 dental professionals signed the petition.
Speaking when the petition was launched, Dominic O’Hooley – who started the campaign of behalf of the BAPD – said the move will mean the profession is ‘better served’.
‘For me, the first step to a reborn right-touch GDC has to be a dental professional as chair,’ he said.
‘Only by having a wet-fingered colleague at the helm, can our regulator gain true understanding of our complex professional lives.
‘Then will they start to realise that a dental profession that trusts the fairness and equanimity of its regulator means patients will be better served too.’
Mr O’Hooley also believes that urgent change will help to empower a currently ‘demoralised’ profession.
The full letter can also be read here.