Dr Sarah Wollaston MP has been re-elected to chair the House of Commons Health Select Committee, having been first elected in June 2014. Before her election she asked a question about NHS funding. Shadow health minister Jon Ashworth asked two questions on dentistry and in the upper house Lord Wigley raised the issue of the increasing cost of medical indemnity, albeit for doctors.
The GP magazine Pulse reports that GPs in England are being balloted on whether they would be willing to take industrial action by collectively closing their patient lists. In a letter to GPs, acting GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey urged GPs to take part in the ballot which will close Thursday 10 August.
The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded to news from the Dental Schools Council (DSC) that suggests that dental academic staffing levels appear to be recovering after a long period of decline. The BDA has welcomed the news, but called on the DSC to address the underlying factors driving the continuing national shortage of dental academics.
The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed news that child tooth decay has fallen once again among children in poorer communities across Wales - and urged Whitehall to follow the Welsh Assembly Government’s example. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: “Wales is reaping the benefits of a dedicated strategy to drive down childhood decay. In England children have been offered little more than a few soundbites.”
A call for the terminology of dental appointments to be made more sensitive to the needs of children has been made by Jenny Harris, a member of the BSPD executive and the Society’s lead on child protection issues. She wants dentists to drop the acronym DNA, which stands for Did Not Attend, and change to WNB for Was Not Brought.
This week the Health Department took oral questions in the House of Commons, with Paula Sherriff asking about reducing childrens’ extractions and an intervention from dentist, Sir Paul Beresford. Questions were also asked about the costs of the recent cyber attack and sugar content of food and drink.