Romanian dentists working in Wales

Joanne Newton made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to General Dental Council

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan General Dental Council.

Dear General Dental Council,
Can you provide me with a list of practices, both private and NHS, that currently have Romanian dentists working for them in Wales, along with the Romanian dentists' names?

Yours faithfully,
Joanne Newton

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Dan Gibson, General Dental Council

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Dear Ms Newton


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request on 15 July 2016 in which
you sought ‘a list of practices, both private and NHS, that currently have
Romanian dentists working for them in Wales, along with the Romanian
dentists' names?’


In relation to your first request, the General Dental Council registers
individual dental practitioners and holds no statutory duty to regulate
dental practices or other businesses. That means that while we hold
information about individual dentists, that won’t, in every case, include
information about where they work.  Nonetheless the General Dental Council
(the GDC) will hold the details of the place of work for some of the
Romanian dentists registered with us.  I can also confirm that the GDC 
holds the names of registered Romanian dentists. However, for the reasons
I set out below we consider that the information we hold in respect of the
address details and names is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Section 40(2) provides an exemption for information which is the personal
data of any individual, aside from the requester, and where either of the
conditions set out in sections 40(3) and 40(4) of the FOI Act are met. The
relevant conditions in this case are sections 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act, 
where disclosure would breach any of the data protection principles. We
consider that disclosure would breach the first data protection principle,
which states that personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully.


The GDC has a legal duty under the Dentists Act 1984 to publish our
Registers and we ensure this responsibility is met by publishing the
Online Register on [1]the GDC website. This allows for a reasonable and
proportionate search for information about individual registrants. The
register does not provide a list of information about multiple registrants
or the email addresses or contact telephone numbers of registrants.


Beyond the information available by searching the GDC’s online register,
we do not share bulk copies or bespoke lists of the current or historic
registers with third party organisations. Nor would we be able to provide
information about individual registrants which is not already available in
the online register, such as contact telephone numbers and email


Registrants do not explicitly give us authority to release their data in
any manner other than via the Online Register. Nor is doing so necessary
in this instance for our regulatory role. In the past we have had requests
for bespoke lists from organisations who wish to use the register for
marketing purposes. We would be particularly concerned that disclosing a
bespoke list under the FOI Act could cause the registrants disruption and
distress from unsolicited contact from third parties.


To be helpful, however, we have gone on to consider whether we hold
related information which we can disclose.  To this end, please find set
out in the table below the number of Dentists that have a contact address
in Wales who either have Romania as their country of qualification or have
identified their nationality as Romanian. Please note that it is likely a
registrant will appear in both totals, i.e. having a qualification from
Romania and being of Romanian nationality. When registrants apply to join
the GDC register, applicants are expected to provide at least one address.
This may be a practice address, home address, PO box address, or similar
address for best contact. Addresses recorded in this way have been used
for this request.






I hope you have found the explanation provided helpful. If I can provide
any further clarification or assistance then please let me know.


Internal review and complaints procedure


In accordance with the FOI Act, you are able to ask that an internal
review be carried out if you would like to complain about this response or
the way your request has been handled.


Complaints should be addressed to:


Principal Legal Adviser

General Dental Council

37 Wimpole Street




If, at the end of the review process, you are not satisfied with the
response that you receive, you may write to the Information Commissioner,
who is appointed to consider such complaints, at:



Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

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I trust this answers your query. Please do not hesitate to contact me if
you have any further questions.



Kind regards




Dan Gibson
Management Information Officer
General Dental Council

Phone: +44(0) 207 167 6298

Email: [email address]

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