Along with numerous other healthcare regulators*, the General Dental Council has produced a joint report on whistleblowing disclosures with the aim to be ‘transparent about how we handle these disclosures, highlight the action taken about these issues, and to improve collaboration across the health sector.’
The report highlights that from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 the General Dental Council received 61 whistleblowing disclosures, with 51 of these made directly to the fitness to practice team. Of these, 42 saw regulatory action taken, 4 could not be taken forward due to insufficient information, and 3 were referred to another body. In 2 cases, no action was taken as the individual concerned was no longer registered.
The report states: ‘In the vast majority of cases, the action we would take in response to a disclosure does not differ from the regulatory action we would normally take. There has been a minor operational impact in terms of establishing systems and practices across the organisation to recognize disclosures appropriately when they are received.’ It also highlights that, due to the small number of whistleblowing disclosures, they cannot note any emerging trends.
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*General Chiropractic Council, General Dental Council, General Medical Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Health and Care Professions Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council