A radio programme will investigate the workings of the General Dental Council (GDC) next week.
Radio 4′s Face the Facts series – which looks at UK consumer and social stories – puts the spotlight on the dental regulatory body in an edition called Fitness to Practise.
The pre-publicity says: ‘The organisation we count on to protect us from dangerous or incompetent dentists is having its own abilities called into question.
‘There have been a series of critical reports into the way the General Dental Council deals with complaints.
‘There’s a backlog of work, it has had four chief executives in a little over a year and the resignation of a chair prompted the government to demand an investigation.
‘So is our dental watchdog fit to practise?’
Presented by John Waite, the programme broadcasts at 12.30pm on Wednesday 11 January on BBC Radio 4.