The BDA has celebrated the final ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with confirmation that individual nations can work to gradually scale down the use of dental amalgam. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: “This is a triumph for common sense and BDA lobbying based on a considerable weight of sound research and science.”
The General Dental Council (GDC) is consulting on its plans to introduce Case Examiners, to speed the Fitness to practise process. Complaints will be dealt with, they say, more quickly and efficiently making it safer for patients and a less stressful experience for dentists or dental care professionals. Case Examiners will agree undertakings with dentists where this is proportionate. The consultation is now open and will run until March 14.
Dental website, for UK dentists and their teams, GDPUK.com had a record month in January 2016 with 44,492 unique visitors who made 153,880 visits to the site. This surpassed GDPUK's previous record of 39,304 uniques and 139k total visitors in December 2014.
During January, GDPUK's Twitter followers also reached a significant milestone, passing 5,000. Follow us @GDPUKcom
GDPUK forum also hit new milestones during rainy January, see below, when the Forum went past 20,000 topics created.
Following debates in both Houses of Parliament the Order permitting the GDC to appoint case examiners has been passed into law and will become effective later this year. The GDC ‘welcomed’ the Lords debate, where they were slated by Lord Hunt, and said that consultation on implementing the Order would start on Feb 1.
Access to NHS dentists was raised by Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins, at Prime Minister's Questions. She asked the Prime Minister to look at the lack of availability of NHS dentists there ‘as a matter of urgency’. Mr Cameron replied that there had been a ‘big increase’ in NHS dentistry since 2010 and reminded Labour about ‘huge queues around the block’ for an NHS dentist when Labour was in government.