Surrey Local Dental Committee

The Surrey Local Dental Committee is the statutory body, recognised by successive NHS Acts, as the professional organisation representing individual GDPs and GDPs as a whole to Primary care Trusts (PCTs), and Strategic Health Authorities (StHAs).The 1999 NHS Act extended the LDC role to include representation of all GDPs whatever their contractual status.

Surrey LDC represents the GDPs contracted to Surrey PCT. We are here to help, support and aid our colleagues in general practice. We as GDPs are able to relate to their issues and represent their viewpoint.

Independence

The LDC is an independent self-financing body with statutory functions. It is not a trade union. LDCs have been in existence since 1911, and constantly modernise to work effectively with the changing NHS.

Funding

The LDC is funded by a statutory/administrative levy paid by all GDPs, whether GDS or PDS. The cost is deducted by the DPB from monthly schedules as a percentage of gross NHS turnover. In addition, many GDPs choose to contribute an additional sum by way of a voluntary levy. The monies raised by the voluntary levy are directed to the British Dental Guild, which remunerates the profession’s national negotiators and representatives.