A Local Dental Committee (LDC) is a locally constituted and NHS recognised group of democratically elected NHS dentists and dental service providers, tasked with the representation of their peers in the negotiation and planning of locally commissioned NHS primary care dental services. The LDC nominates and provides representation to numerous committees that meet and liaise with NHS England. They further provide representation to various other local health bodies providing a perspective of the dental surgeons in the region.
The provision for “Local Dental Committees” (LDCs) exists within the NHS Act 2006 (amended by the NHS Act 2012). Local Dental Committees have existed since the inception of the NHS, to support and represent local dentists and to help plan services within the local health economy.
LDCs comprise elected dentists from the area for which they are formed. Depending on the size of the area covered, an LDC may be around 10 or 15 dentists in number and is sometimes larger. The elected dentists make up “the committee”, which represents all dentists providing, or performing on, contracts for General Dental Services (GDS), as well as other NHS and private dentists working in primary care who may choose to be represented by the committee.
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