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It has been passed by the GDC this morning and I agree with the many positive comments on Twitter..

There is absolutely no point in crying over spilled milk, bemoaning the decision, coming up with negatives.
It has been on the cards for ages, recommended by the OFT in their report last year and has now been passed by 20 votes to zero with 2 abstentions.
So this is now the time to plan how you are going to work with your hygiene/therapy team:

  • to improve clinical care
  • to improve the patient experience
  • to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your business model

My opinion?
The best thing that has happened to the business of dentistry in years.
An opportunity to achieve all three of the above objectives and create more profit in less time.
p.s. can you hear the bell tolling for the jobbing GDP associate?


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.