What is about the field of dentistry that there is a pervasive feeling of being a witness to abuse of a gargantuan scale?
GDC abused ...
The GDC is ignored in the Queens Speech – and the massive costs they are incurring in the processes will remain, unless a Section 60 order can be obtained. All we need is for those creatures of honour and selfless behaviour, our elected and appointed politicians, to get off their collective backsides, but no. It’s all too much. No wonder the GDC feel abused.
LDC's abused ...
What about the LDC levy fiasco? All it needed was for someone to actually care about writing the software properly, but No, NHS England could not give a monkey’s, and instead of admitting their error and correcting it simply piled abuse upon the LDCs by forcing through extraordinary change at no notice at a time of either massive change in reality [creation of NHS England and LATs] or proposed changes coming down the road [Contract Reform]. What did LDCs do to justify such abject abuse?
Pilots abused ...
The pilots it seems are a sham. It is an open secret that the methods of practice will not be in any new contract and as many speakers have observed it seems likely that all that will happen is a sort of unset fudge of RAG-UDA system will emerge – your practice will be paid less to do more and yet expected contractually to do everything. And while you are about it, why don’t you walk around with a knife in your back, engraved with the CDO’s initials as a gentle reminder that you are getting paid for such abuse.
Children abused ...
And then we had the ITV Programme about Dentists following on from Dr on Radio 2 last week. The low voice, the clichéd descriptions of dental visits and experiences.… Ms Dodgy-mum is filmed celebrating her distressed child’s GA for multiple extractions as though it is a medical ASBO. No, it is child abuse and you are not fit to be that child’s mother.
The lack of caring by a cadre of parent s as their children experience destruction of their teeth with the pain and misery that accompanies it - now THAT is abuse.
Time to move away from the muckspreading?
Sadly, abuse is widespread it would seem. OK, that’s why we go to work, to help do our small bit to reduce it. But for goodness sake do not stand in the way!
With the help of our vocal colleagues and representative bodies, it’s time to start calling a spade a bloody shovel.
The state of day to day dentistry at the diseased end of the social spectrum is in crisis and nothing that our illustrious CDO and his Machiavellian contract changes are lining up seem to have anything to offer to start work on these issues of national importance. Our very social fabric is threatened by the continued dental disease that is prevalent.
You know what? I think suddenly dentistry IS massive election issue. Let’s go and abuse some politicians for once.
Nil illegitimo in desperandum carborundum and all that.
Great blog and I agree - it does seem like Dentistry is being deliberately 'put-down' at every opportunity.
If I had to sum it up in one word = ADVERSARIAL = a disgrace and not in the public interest overall!
The English Dental DH approach to us and our services is antagonistic and adversarial, no real synergy or goodwill sadly
Couple that with keeping the public ignorant of such centralised limitations and bad adversarial approach, then when things go wrong Nationally, it looks like it is OUR fault, especially if we keep relatively silent about the BIG issues in Dentistry that we all struggle with!
It's time to bypass the Spin and go direct to the public, starting with exposing The Big Lie and the Adversarial approach taken by the English dental DH towards Dental services and the workers within it :idea:
This is a pre-election year, so speak out or stay silent and consent to further abuse quietly?
Sadly in such adversarial environments, they are the only 2 main options!
Yours also realistically,