GDC publish Fitness to Practise statistical report showing a year-on-year decrease in the number of concerns raised from 13% to 10%.

The General Dental Council (GDC) Fitness to Practise Statistical Report 2020 provides a quantitative picture of the dental regulator’s Fitness to Practise performance in 2020, including a range of statistics relating to the number of concerns received, who they were from, how cases were processed, and the breakdown of outcomes following Fitness to Practise hearings.

The report also provides a Fitness to Practise ‘considerations’ profile, which is a high-level summary of the allegations raised within a hearing in 2020.

The report shows that for every 100 concerns received in 2020, 37 were assessed by a case examiner– the first stage at which a sanction may be imposed on a dental professional. Of these, only 15 progressed to a Practice Committee. The reports also reveals a year-on-year decrease in the number of concerns raised by dental professionals, from 13% to 10%.

Of the 15 cases heard at Practice Committee, 11 result in sanctions and 4 result in no further action.


In 2020:

  • The percentage of cases closing at the initial assessment stage fall from 29% to 19%, while the percentage of cases resulting in a hearing remained the same as 2019
  • There was a further reduction in the proportion of cases related to the treatment provided to a single patient, which accounted for 37%;
  • The total number of concerns received was 1,134, compared to 1,362 in 2019 – an 18% reduction;
  • On average, 55% of investigation stage cases were completed within six months in 2020 (2019: 54%);
  • There were 455 case examiner outcomes, 60% (274) were closed, 39% (176) were referred to a Practice Committee and 1% resulted in Undertakings Accepted;
  • The number of live cases awaiting a first hearing, which had missed our nine-month target, stood at 97 at the end of December. This is in comparison to 63 in the previous year, an increase of 54%;
  • There was a large increase in the number of interim order hearings in 2020 compared to 2019.


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