The Government’s controversial Making Tax Digital (MTD) plan will not affect dental practices until at least 2020. The good news comes after the government seemed to buckle under pressure and removed MTD from the 2017 Finance Bill as many groups, including NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) had made representations about the timeframes involved.
The BDA has accused the Scottish Government of backtracking on its manifesto pledges and shutting off access to the health professions to those on modest incomes, following significant cuts in support to dental students. The BDA has also responded to their announcement of pay awards for 2017/18.
The BDA claims that the Welsh Government's creative accounting does not equal new investment. This has been disputed by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething who said the £1.3m was new money and part of wider funding to improve the service in Wales. The Cardiff and Vale health board will receive £450,000 and Aneurin Bevan £300,000 to create 10,000 extra NHS places to meet "a growing need".
New research shows that periodontal disease places older women at a heightened risk of several types of cancer, such as oesophageal cancer, breast cancer, and gallbladder cancer, especially in mature women. Jean Wactawski-Wende, from the New York University at Buffalo, who led the research team has, for the first time, investigated the association between gum disease and several types of cancer in women.
TheUK Supreme Court has ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced Employment Tribunal fees in 2013 for claims such as unfair dismissal, equal pay and redundancy. The charges of up to £1,200 led to a 70% drop in the number of tribunals in England and Wales and were condemned as impeding access to justice.
The case concerned a complaint about a Facebook post made by a dental professional. In this post, he had made derogatory comments about a particular group in the community, and celebrated violence against members of that group. The FtP committee issued a reprimand. For the full case study go to: