What on earth is going on in dentistry?
Is it me? Has the pace of prospective change suddenly become turbo-charged?
It is worth reminding the profession and its representatives that by and large, in GDP we are NOT employed. We are independent contractors. So why do the DH and our academic colleagues keep trying to treat us as though we are their whipping boys.
If you are an associate, I reckon you might be worrying about the lie of the tea leaves. Ever fancied re training as a Therapist?, Sorry to say , but it might be a good investment.
If you are a practice owner, under the NHS, the Ides of March 2015 look an ominous date. Your business is dependent upon Government funding; you are NOT employed and yet you are being treated as an employee. Is it really worth the [soon to be emasculated] pension?
As a private practice owner, are the Government REALLY going to impose rules to eliminate your freedom to practice the way you see fit? You have the freedom to plan and the capacity to respond. But there are massive changes a’coming. Bone up ... you have been warned.
In no particular order we have
- · The CDO stating that NHS dental care will continue to be an unspecified [and ergo unlimited] commitment.
- Piltos continuing to point to disastrous Patient Charge Revenue allied to the "It can only work with Therapists" big picture.
- · Suddenly there is a proposal to break up the skill base for GDP into “Tiers” – and as many are already wondering, with associated ‘registration and accreditation’ costs. Allowing Quangocrat driven deskilling is by any description professional suicide.
- · The Chairman of the GDPC starting to play some cards as the negotiations continue for “Contract Reform”.
- · There seems to be a groundswell of academic attempt to wield influence over the activities of GDPs –from Prof Steele’s changes underway to Dr Chate at the RCS Edinburgh starting to flag GDPs activities in simple orthodontics
Well, I might be a cynical old git, but I reckon the Dept of Health horse has probably already bolted. I think it highly likely that we are about witness a pre-planned move to the date of Contract Reform. Standby for change and press releases on a quarterly basis. Standby for the BDA being outflanked and out-manoeuvred as the soul of dentistry is once agin under threat. Having a Big Stick is of no use against an out-of-reach elephant.
I reckon the purpose of all this phoney consultation is simply to drag the profession along with a mouldy carrot.
If, as a profession we do not like what Prof Steele’s changes are presenting, and do not think that these changes will either benefit our patients or our businesses, and our associate colleagues, we have a duty to act.
We have a duty to say NO.
The BDA has a duty to say NO
We have a follow on duty to carry our patients with us in this Brave New World.
Its looks like Christmas 2013 will be line-in-the-sand time folks.
Which version of Brave New World do you want to be part of? The Government’s or your own?
Do you want someone else whipping you at their pace or do you want to control how your career and business evolves?
Strap in guys and girls, the ride is getting bumpy.