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  • HealthCommittee to hold hearings on GDC and Child Oral Health

    The House of Commons Health Committee, Chair Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, is to hold an accountability hearing with the General Dental Council (GDC) on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at 2.30pm.They will also be holding a one off evidence session on Tuesday 24 February 2015 to examine children’s oral health in England. Read More
  • Dentalnurses play tooth fairy’ to homeless

    A team of dental nurses and dentists gave up time during the Christmas festivities to provide free dental treatment to the homeless. From 23-29 December, the group provided treatment around London inside four mobile surgery units lent by various community dental services, using sterilisation equipment provided by Henry Schein. Read More
  • HenrySchein acquisition of Plandent blocked for now

    The Competition and Markets Authority has served an enforcement order on Henry Schein in relation to their completed acquisition of certain assets and business information of Plandent Limited, while it investigates this. Until a decision is made both companies must operate as separate businesses. Read More
  • MickArmstrong re-elected as chairman

    Mick Armstrong has been re-elected as Chairman of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC). He said: “This last year has seen our profession take a stand. We’ve united to defend the pay and conditions of the next generation of dentists. We proved that our inefficient and ineffective regulator acted unlawfully. Read More
  • LibDems call on all parties to match NHS spending

    Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has called on the Conservatives and Labour to match his commitment to invest an extra £8bn a year in the NHS by 2020. He has written to Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham calling on them to commit to meet the financial needs of the NHS as Read More
  • Whichcampaign Action needed to clean up dental costs

    Which? has launched a new campaign: Clean Up Dental Costs. They have found that people could be paying more than they need to, because some dentists aren’t upfront about prices or clear about what treatment patients are entitled to on the NHS. Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said: “We are calling Read More
  • Prototypesannounced but will they fly

    The Department of Health (DH) has announced details of two prototypes to be tested over the next two years; if successful they will be rolled out in 2017/18. Two types will be tested, all of which contain payments for quality, capitation and activity, but with different proportions of each element. Read More
  • GDCremains defiant over JR

    In a letter from  Evlynne Gilvarry Chief Executive of the General Dental Council (GDC) to Peter Ward Chief Executive of the British Dental Association (BDA) she acknowledges that ‘there was a procedural error in the ARF level consultation’. But she says they ‘will use the additional funds to forge (sic) Read More
  • Actionneeded on children’s oral health says RCS

    Action is needed to improve children’s oral health after almost 26,000 children were admitted to hospital last year for tooth extractions, the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons has warned. The number of children who did not see an NHS dentist in England was double that Read More
  • PublicHealth England issues Ebola guidance for dentists

    Although it is unlikely that a patient with symptoms of Ebola will present at a dental practice or clinic for either routine or urgent care, dentists and their teams may see patients who have recently travelled from areas affected by the disease. Public Health England has therefore issued guidance for Read More
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The GDPUK Blog

  • Good Record Keeping

    Record Keeping


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 25 January 2015
  • The GDC - Clarity of purpose?

    A "Daily Clarion" call for Clarity What ever happened to January being a dead month when we hunker down to pay all our Christmas credit card bills?  The CQC close a Salisbury practice facility [albeit for a month only]. [1]  The GDC’s CEO has written a feisty fob off letter to the BDA ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Prototype or re-hash?

    Will there ever come a time in the dental profession when solidarity will create meaningful change?Recently some bus drivers in London realized that some drivers were getting paid more than others, so they called a 24 hour strike last week, with less than a days notice.  Around 2.3 billion bus ...

    by Sandeep Senghera
    Wednesday, 21 January 2015
  • Hazards in Dentistry

    Hazards in Dentistry


    by DentistGoneBadd
    Tuesday, 20 January 2015
  • Coming Home to Roost

    Its becoming very apparent that there is a distinct lack of transparency where some practitioners are concerned with regard to what is and isn’t available on the NHS. This has been going on from the beginning of the new contract, and has caused much heated discussion over the years.When you consider ...

    by Simon Thackeray
    Sunday, 18 January 2015
  • Momentum added to the Big Lie campaign?

    After a couple of years, is there now some momentum behind the Big Lie campaign devised, proposed and propagated by Dr Tony Kilcoyne BDS, often using the columns of GDPUK, as well as using ITV Daybreak, Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2, and the letters column of the Daily Telegraph. The basis of the ...

    by Tony Jacobs
    Saturday, 17 January 2015
  • What’s in a date?

     For those who despair at the actions of our fellow human beings at time, this weekend has been one to affirm that feeling. The 7th January will in time become as meaningful as 9/11 and 7/7 in its own way. [1] What level of hatred inspires [if that is the right word] someone to k ...

    by Enamel Prism
    Monday, 12 January 2015
  • So why did I join the Liberal Democrats?

    In the heady days leading up to the general election in 2010, when the political tone seemed to be very hostile towards immigration and immigrants,  the only sane voice seemed to be that of Nick Clegg's. Now for someone like me who at that time still was on a temporary work permit, that made a ...

    by Pramod Subbaraman
    Sunday, 11 January 2015
  • Reasons (Not) to be cheerful pt. 3



    by DentistGoneBadd
    Sunday, 11 January 2015
  • Do's and Don'ts



    by DentistGoneBadd
    Monday, 05 January 2015
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  • ‘It’s time to smile’ for World Oral Health Day 2015 - and take care with how often we consume sugary foods and drinks

    Geneva, 19 January 2015 – As World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2015 approaches, FDI World Dental Federation is advising people to consider the impact of frequent sugar consumption on their ‘Smile for Life’ ...

    Monday, 19 January 2015
  • Free London Seminar: Staying ahead of the game

    Patient Plan Direct is proud to be hosting a free evening seminar for Dentists and Practice Managers with drinks and canapés, held at the impressive and prestigious Drummonds Bank in central London on ...

    Saturday, 17 January 2015

    For your chance to win an iPad, simply visit to fill in Future Health Partnership’s (FHP) survey and share your opinions on the business of dentistry.F ...

    Thursday, 15 January 2015
  • Euphemisms: it’s not what we say, it’s what we do - Michael Sultan

    We all use euphemisms for many different reasons. We may choose to simplify our language when talking to adults, so that we don’t come across as arrogant and full of technological jargon, or when talk ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
  • Fight against illegal whitening

    Illegal whitening continues to remain a serious problem for the dental profession and uneducated public. Many home whitening kits or those offered by beauty salons do not contain enough whitening ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
  • FDI calls for a tobacco-free New Year and a long-lasting ‘Smile for life’

    Geneva, 17 December 2014 - As World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2015 approaches, FDI World Dental Federation wants people to make a healthy New Year’s resolution and reduce their use of tobacco – or give i ...

    Wednesday, 14 January 2015
  • Unlock your potential with facial aesthetics

    You are invited to the Botox Training Club at, following its recent launch.Created by aesthetician and dentist Dr Harry Singh, the Botox Training Club offers dentists the o ...

    Tuesday, 13 January 2015
  • Start the new year in style

    With 2014 coming to an end it’s a great time to assess where you are in terms of your business goals. Analysing your productivity, profitability and cost efficiency is vital if you want to succeed in ...

    Thursday, 08 January 2015

    Dental professionals with links to Rotary International are being urged to encourage their club to support the dental charity Bridge2Aid in its mission to ease dental pain and suffering in East Africa ...

    Thursday, 08 January 2015
  • The data game

    As a small business, setting your key performance indicators (KPIs) can be a great way to understand business strengths and weaknesses in order to help drive your practice forward. Once you have this ...

    Thursday, 08 January 2015
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