The Dental Complaints Service (DCS) 2014 Annual Review gives an overview of the caseload handled by the DCS in the past year, as well as some interesting case studies where the early dispute resolution service has helped resolve a complaint. Head of Service at the DCS, Hazel Adams, said: “We’re now in our ninth year and we’re continuing to adapt and improve the service that we deliver.”
The Sunday Mirror has reported that some beauty salons are ‘using toxic chemicals with 200 times legal level of bleach’ to whiten teeth. These levels of hydrogen peroxide were discovered after trading standards officers ‘swooped on salons promising punters a perfect Hollywood smile’. The revelation comes after the paper told how unqualified practitioners were cashing in on the £1billion industry, ‘putting customers’ health at risk.’
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.