A dentist in Taiwan has been ordered to pay his mother nearly $1m (£712,000) as an "upbringing fee." In Chinese and Taiwanese traditions, children are strongly encouraged to give back to their parents once they have reached adulthood. His mother made her sons sign a written argument to ensure they'd pay their debt.
In the USA a dentist is reported to be buying into the newest category of money by accepting bitcoin currency in his practice. George Carr said: “The first time I gave someone my e-mail and boom, next thing you know I have my money." In the UK several practices are known to accept this new ‘currency’.
NHS England has launched a consultation to rein in prescriptions and buy ‘over the counter’ products, such as dandruff shampoo and drops for tired eyes, freeing-up up to £136 million to expand other treatments for major conditions. Some dental conditions are included, which could prove controversial.
A national campaign has been launched by Public Health England to promote healthier snacks and reduce sugar consumption among children. They are consuming three times more sugar than recommended, leading to obesity and dental decay. As part of the campaign dentists are being provided with a free dental toolkit.
The BDA has advised dentists in England, Scotland and Wales, that new regulations will come into force on 1 January 2018, which will mean dentists using x-ray generators must register with the Health and Safety Executive. General dental practitioners use x-ray generators, so they will be required to apply in the "register” category (Level 2).
Roger Matthews, formerly of chief dental officer of Denplan, becomes an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list. Those also honoured include Professor Jeremy Bagg (OBE) of Glasgow Dental School and three others honourd for work in the field of oral healthcare.
Well known to thousands of dentists, Roger Matthews has long been a proponent and fan of GDPUK. Prior to his work for Denplan, Roger gave dento-legal advice at The Medical Defence Union.