Dental Protection has welcomed proposed reforms that would allow dental professionals more time to provide information when facing a fitness to practice hearing relating to a clinical concern, but is calling for an extension to also apply to non-clinical cases.
Dental professionals are currently given 28 days to provide written observations to allegations made against them. Responding to allegations within 28 days can however be extremely challenging as this often does not provide sufficient time for the clinician, or their representative, to fully consider the concerns and draft substantive observations, and there is often the need for an extension of time.
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