The British Dental Association (BDA) has called for movement on stalled reforms to NHS dentistry in Wales, following a visit to a Swansea practice. BDA Wales invited the Conservative health spokesperson Angela Burns AM to visit. She has joined BDA Wales in calling for these promising pilots to be rapidly expanded in communities across Wales, ahead of a potential national roll-out.
The Government has set out its response to the consultation on the ‘sugar tax.’ But a statement by Jane Ellison, financial secretary to the Treasury, said it was a levy that ‘we would rather not collect’. They would prefer to see firms reformulating their products to reduce the sugar content.
A man from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Robert Webb, has been ordered to pay more than £6,500 after pleading guilty to three charges relating to the unlawful practice of dentistry. In addition, the premises, where Mr Webb worked alone, were very dirty, covered in a thick layer of dust and had cages containing several hedgehogs next to the treatment area. Appearing at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court, Robert Webb was fined £4,500 - £1,500 for each offence – and was also ordered to pay a £150 victim surcharge and £1,883.18 in costs to the GDC – a total of £6,533.18.
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, Chair, BDA General Dental Practice Committee, has posted an update about the protoype contracts on the BDA website. He said that there were some concerns about the prototypes having too many targets. He also said that there were a number of practices that are really worried about the financial viability of their practice with a 10% clawback looming.
People with suspected mouth cancer are having their diagnosis delayed because they are first referred to a dentist, surgeons have warned. But experts from the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) warn that this can slow down the process for diagnosing people with cancer, and say they should see a hospital specialist within two weeks.