The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded to news that the General Dental Council (GDC) is to team up with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to combat ‘irresponsible’ advertising. Mick Armstrong said: “The dental regulator has just spent thousands on a campaign that is clearly at odds with its own policy on advertising. It’s time the GDC practised what it preaches.”
The cost of compliance to the average sole dental practitioner practice has increased by 845% in the last decade according to the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL). Appalled by the proposed 64% increase in the cost of the General Dental Council’s annual registration fee, a NASDAL team carried out an investigation into the overall cost of compliance.
The Daily Telegraph has claimed that Southern Dental is being ‘circled by private equity bidders’. The chain is reported to be close to joining the growing list of British healthcare companies in private equity ownership as a sale of the business nears. CapVest and Graphite are competing for the business.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its views on potential changes to the way it regulates primary care dental services in England from 2015 onwards. Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services, said: “Our priority is to take a more collaborative approach with our partners in order to monitor and improve dental care standards in future.” The BDA has responded positively to the statement.
To view the CQC primary care dental signposting statement and find out more about dental inspections, visit: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/dentists
People all across the country are venting increasing frustration about access to and the quality of NHS dentistry services, according to Healthwatch England. Its chair Anna Bradley said: “Patients are constantly being fed confusing and inaccurate information about who is and isn’t currently offering NHS treatment.” The BDA said that the survey provides further evidence that the current dental contract in England is fatally flawed for patients and dentists alike.
The British Dental Association (BDA) has reacted to the GDC’s refusal to budge on the threatened legal challenge to its handling of the consultation into increases to the annual retention fee (ARF).