The British Dental Association (BDA) and the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) announced at the BDA Conference that they have agreed a new ‘Strategic Partnership’ allowing both organisations to work more closely over the coming months and years. The Partnership aims to deliver a comprehensive business solution for the profession and the industry through activities such as both the BDA’s Conference in the spring and BDIA Showcase in the autumn of each year.
The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded to David Cameron’s first landmark speech on health, saying that the failure to include dentistry in Health debate was hurting patients and taxpayers. PEC chairman, Mick Armstrong said: "Successive governments have failed to even consider 'oral health' as a part of the 'health' agenda. This government must not make the same mistake”.
The General Dental Council (GDC) has confirmed that 'safeguarding children and young people' and 'safeguarding vulnerable adults' are to be included as recommended continuing professional development (CPD) topics for dental professionals. The aim is to increase awareness about these important topics so that all dental professionals feel confident and equipped to raise any concerns about abuse or neglect of vulnerable people.
The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP has been given responsibility for primary care at the Department of Health. This incorporates dentistry and ophthalmic responsibilities and includes GP contract reform, Out of Hours reform, pharmacy and primary care commissioning policy. He entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 (as MP for Bury North until 1997) and is now the Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire.
It has been announced that David Prior has stepped down as Chair of the Care Quality Commission to become a Health Minister in the new Conservative government and will be given a peerage. He succeeds Earl Howe as Minister but his responsibilities have yet to be confirmed.