The Times reports that GPs are to vote on quitting the NHS and going private, calling for the BMA to help them to develop plans for charging patients. Doctors will also vent their frustration during the LMC conference next week at having to see more patients, insisting they should be able “to say ‘no’ without feeling guilt”.
The British Dental Industry Association and Federation of the European Dental Industry have issued a joint letter outlining their priorities for the ongoing Brexit negotiations. BDIA Chief Executive, Edmund Proffitt, comments, “The measures outlined by our associations would ensure that our industry is able to continue to provide access to innovative dental technology in the UK and throughout the EU.”
A Westminster Hall debate, initiated by Steve McCabe MP raised the issue of dental decay in children and the large numbers admitted to hospital for extractions. 14 MPs took part before junior health minister, Steve Brine MP, replied saying that prototypes would be extended for another two years before a new contract was rolled out.
The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Coca-Cola threatened to cut investment in Britain if the Chancellor pressed ahead with plans for a sugar tax. Documents seen by the paper showed that during the Chancellor’s first week in office, the soft drinks giant warned privately that amid the “uncertainty” caused by the Brexit vote, the levy risked “our ability to maintain our investment in our UK operations”.
Doctors, dentists, nurses and other health workers accused of misconduct face faster disciplinary action in the biggest overhaul of professional regulation for more than a century, a move that has already prompted anger from unions. The Department of Health is carrying out a consultation on the changes, which will run until January 2018.
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has been launched, to replace NHS Protect. Its mission is “to lead the fight against fraud affecting the NHS and wider health service, and protect vital resources intended for patient care”. It claims controversially that fraud by dentists amounts to over £70million.