NHS hospitals will no longer provide office or advertising space for law firms or claims management companies who encourage patients or their families to take the NHS to court, NHS England has announced. Every effort must also be made to ensure lawyers and claims managers don’t approach patients or their families in hospital to drum up business without being asked first.
The BDA has urged government to take NHS primary care support services away from troubled subcontractor Capita. The Association has called on Government to make a decisive break in light of Capita’s dismal long-term performance. BDA Chair of General Dental Practice Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen said: “Continuity of care now requires that these contracts are taken back in-house by the NHS, so dentists can get back to work.”
A recruitment crisis for NHS dentists is imminent, and set to deepen access problems across England, according to new data from the BDA. PEC Vice Chair Eddie Crouch said: “It is a damning indictment of current policy that the dentists who go over and above with NHS care are now paying the price in low morale”.
The closure of mydentist branches in Richmond and Catterick, North Yorkshire, has left patients wondering where else they can go after two practices revealed they are to close. The corporate confirmed they will close as there are “not enough dentists to fulfil their NHS contract”. After the revelation, nearby dental practices said they were full and are unable to take on new patients.
Caroline Holland reports: From the BBC programme Playschool some 40 years ago to her current role in the House of Lords as children’s champion, Floella Benjamin has consistently delighted her audiences. Delegates at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for a conference entitled “Why children’s health is everyone’s business” were therefore ready to be impressed by her keynote address.
The Scottish Government’s new Oral Health Improvement Plan sets out a new preventive system of care to assess patients based on risk, and address the link between deprivation and ill-health. It will see the introduction of personalised care plans which focus on lifestyle choices, for example diet, alcohol and smoking, and how these impact on health.