There were smiles all round as the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) reached its ten-year milestone in dentistry training. The School of Dentistry has produced more than 220 new dentists since opening its doors a decade ago. Angela Magee, Head of the School of Dentistry, commented: “What we have achieved over the last ten years is phenomenal.”
Eddie Crouch, Vice Chair of the BDA’s PEC has written on their website about their evidence to the Review Body (DDRB). He said that the delegation that he led left the DDRB in no doubt that the viability of NHS dentistry is under threat ‘as we have never seen before’.
At a recent meeting in London, convened by Dr Jeremy Cooper of Salford, representatives from major dental organisations considered an idea to form a new charity to operate a helpline for dentists under stress. The service should be available 24/7, 365 days a year and to be there to listen, empathise and if necessary ‘signpost’ people to organisations to help them with their problems.
A new report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance shows that the NHS could save nearly £800 million by merging various NHS management bodies. The proposed changes would also release top managerial time to improve efficiencies in the system and granting more independence to NHS England would free it from ‘meddling politicians’.
A new YouGov survey commissioned by Dental Protection shows that 43% of the public believe there are now more marketing campaigns by ‘No Win No Fee’ firms compared to five years ago. Raj Rattan, Dental Director said: “Our data shows that a full time general dental practitioner can now expect to receive two clinical negligence claims over a typical career.”