The BDA has said enough is enough, and challenged the GDC to live within its means, and to set out when it will lower registration fee levels which remain the highest cost of any UK health regulator. In a response to a letter from GDC chair Bill Moyes, the BDA has demolished the regulator's arguments on maintaining exorbitant fees and excessive levels of financial reserves.
An investigation into the oral health of captive orca whales has raised serious concerns about their teeth. Out of boredom and frustration, many of them turn to chewing on concrete and steel tank surfaces, causing wear and tear that leads to further problems. The research was published in Archives of Oral Biology and documented two types of teeth damage.
Many fines incorrectly imposed after dental treatment are because of mistakes over patients' addresses, says a health watchdog. The latest figures show 385,000 fines were issued in the last financial year - and dentists say tens of thousands of £100 fines have been wrongly applied. Healthwatch in Kirklees says problems with address records are a big factor.
New research claims that one in four adults (24%) have undergone teeth whitening, with almost half (45%) using an illegal provider. Despite numerous reports detailing the side effects of illegal teeth whitening, the temptation to trust unqualified practitioners to create a gleaming white smile is still prevalent in the UK.
Britain could face a "post-antibiotic apocalypse," without swift action to cut needless use of such drugs, England’s chief medical officer has said. Later this month Dame Sally Davies will launch a national campaign urging patients not to demand antibiotics. The BDA has responded by calling on government to step in and help front line NHS staff deliver an effective response.
HM Revenue & Customs is cracking down on tax avoidance schemes sold to agency staff, who themselves cost the NHS £3bn a year, according to a report in the Sunday Times. They have launched an investigation into tax avoidance schemes being sold to NHS agency doctors and nurses with claims they can take home up to 90% of their pay.