Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) has announced its acquisition of The Dental Directory supply business. Further terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With nearly 300 employees across four UK sites, services comprise field based sales teams and engineers, a dedicated UK call centre, on-line and mail order capability supported by automated picking and packing systems from a base in Witham, Essex.
Latest estimates published by healthcare experts LaingBuisson in the fourth edition of Dentistry UK Market Report, value UK primary care dentistry at £5.8bn in 2013/2014, with £3.62bn (63%) of this spent by government and patients on NHS dentistry, and £2.2bn generated from private dentistry (37%). In real terms dentistry spend is now 13% lower than its peak in 2009/2010.
Speaking at the BDA Conference in Manchester, health minister, Earl Howe outlined a future programme for development of the GDS contract. Change would be evolutionary not revolutionary, he said, “We need to get it right. New "prototype" contracts will be introduced in 2015 following a consultation this summer, in which all dentists are urged to participate.
Oasis Healthcare has struck a deal that will bring Smiles Dental into its portfolio for an undisclosed sum. CEO Justin Ash says it will enter ‘the attractive dental market in the Republic of Ireland’. Oasis’s turnover will increase from £160 million to over £210 million, providing dental care to over 2.5 million patients, as their practice network grows by 37% from 204 to 281.