15 June 2010
Q. If a dentist and a DCP were in conflict and were both brought to General Dental Council for a Fitness to Practise hearing, how would Dental Protection deal with the apparent conflict of interest? Would it support the dentist and not the DCP?
We will always do our best to look after any member irrespective of their membership status or the subscription they pay. Advice is provided on an individual basis and where a potential conflict of interest occurs, steps are always taken to ensure that advice is given to each clinician quite independently of the other.
Dental Protection has a large team of advisers spread over three offices and therefore there is no difficulty in maintaining complete confidentiality, with each individual clinician having their own adviser.
Certainly where two clinicians have the misfortune to appear at the GDC and both the dental members, there would be two entirely separate legal teams. This is of course quite costly but is absolutely fundamental to the assistance Dental Protection offers. Indeed the reputation of Dental Protection relies on this fact.