As you are all aware the GDC has been trying to increase the annual retention fee by 64% in the last year from £576 to £945. This increase is completely unjustified and is brought about by the poor management within the GDC and improper filtering of cases that make fitness to practice hearings, costing the entire profession more money.

The BDA have been campaigning to stop this but the Manchester LDC and other LDCs have also been trying to put some weight behind the BDA campaign to prevent this increase. Unfortunately the increase still went ahead and the increase was up to £890. We as a profession must fight the GDC and stand united against the GDCs bully tactics.