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Emma Ideson 

ID Communciations 

06 October 2014 

Dear Ms Ideson, 

Thank you for your letter of 6 August 2014. 

As with the previous response dated 12 August, what I say below is intended for circulation to all the 

LDCs who were signatories to your letter. 

The GDC does regularly meet our stakeholders and we have certainly listened to the concerns the LDCs 

have raised. These have also been considered as response to the consultation on the level of the 

Annual Retention Fee (ARF) for 2015. 

However, to address the points you make; 

1. I do not believe that the resignation of any of our executive positions would benefit the GDC or 

our registrants. We are working collectively to improve the performance of the organisation and to 

focus on the issues pertinent to our registrants and stakeholders. 

2. I note the loss of confidence you express however I would like to assure you that we are working 

to improve our performance in areas such as our Fitness to Practise function. As you are aware, 

we are subject to regular reviews by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and we openly 

publicise their findings relating to our performance. However, their current methodology means 

that the most recent improvements we have made in our processes are not always taken into 

account in the PSA’s assessments. 

3. As of 11 September we have commissioned KPMG to conduct an independent review of the full 

range of assumptions underlying the proposal to raise the ARF. This will focus in particular on the 

projected fitness to practise caseload. The report from this review will be available to council 

members before the 30 October council meeting. The Council’s policy is clear: when the cost of 

regulation eventually decreases the ARF will also decrease, since it is based on the cost of 

regulation. 

4. We are legally obliged to investigate FTP complaints received by us. But as we have emphasised 

we support local resolution and we are for example working with NHS England to explore how 

they could appropriately deal with particular complaints. We are seeking to analyse the increase 

in and pattern of complaints and then together with the sector to review how best they can be 

prevented. Our consultation document on the ARF did address the breakdown of regulation costs 

for DCPs.  

5. Our standards were consulted on recently but we are reviewing these and will take your views 

into account. 

I thank you once again for contacting me with the concerns of the LDCs represented through your letter. 

Yours sincerely,  

William Moyes 

Chair  

37 Wimpole Street London W1G 8DQ 

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Chief Executive and Registrar: Evlynne Gilvarry 

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