Welcome to the Website of the East London & The City Local Dental Committee.
We are committed to be a source of support, advice and reference for all dentists in Newham, City and Hackney and Tower Hamlets area.
LDC will have an important role in the foreseeable future, not only in calling PCTs to account but also in acting as a bridge between the profession and management organisations.
Please note that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. It is extremely important that as your representative organisation we have your version of what is happening on the ground, as information sharing by the PCTs is very variable.
In the run up to 2009 we have a huge opportunity to ensure that the local dental agenda is properly set. Please don’t hesitate to let the office know about anything that your PCT is introducing that you do not feel comfortable about it.We can take it up with them on your behalf.
What is the LDC?
The Committee is a statutory body representing in the main General Dental Practitioners,(GDPs) based in the Primary Care Trusts area of the London boroughs of Newham, City & Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Other may be co-opted to represent special groups.
As the local representative committee for independent Dental practitioners, the LDC has the statutory right to be consulted by the above Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authority on issues relating to the dental profession including negotiations around Personal Dental Services .
The LDC is an independent body paid for by GDPs themselves via a compulsory Statutory Levy based on a specified amount per patient, per annum. Expenditure of this Levy is restricted to administration of the Committee and may not be used for anything else. In addition, GDPs are asked to contribute to a Voluntary Levy, which is used to finance such events as LDC Annual Conference , British Dental Guilds etc
The main function of the Committee is to represent and support General Dental Practitioners (GDPs); to ensure that GDPs are properly valued, and their skills properly utilised; that, whilst serving the public, they are able to uphold appropriate standards of practice.
The membership of the Committee will be drawn from the following particular Primary Care Trusts: -
Newham Primary Care Trust
What are PCTs?
PCTs are statutory NHS bodies that are accountable to their Strategic Health Authority.They are responsible for securing the provision of a range of services including commissioning NHS dentistry.The PCTs are responsible for the management, and commissioning of NHS dentistry from 5th April 2005.
Funding of PCTs:
PCTs are funded from a unified budget allocation, which covers:
Any dental practitioner working in East London & The City is welcome to attend meetings with the prior notification being made to the Secretary and subsequent consent of the Chairman.
Meetings are held in two parts. The first half being that of the Extended Committee, this is where LDC members, Consultant in Dental Public Health, Dental Practice Adviser, PCT Dental Leads, Shared Services Agency, Dental Hospital & School, Postgraduate Education, Personal Dental Services and other guests sit to debate local and national issues affecting dentistry.
The second half of the meeting, is open to the elected memebera of the Local Dental Committee only.
For further information on PCTs please visit www.doh.gov.uk/pricare/pcts.htm
Secretariat Office -
Abbey Road Health Centre,
28A Abbey Road, Stratford, London E15 3LT
Tel: 0208 5555 800