Tis the season to be jolly
Fah la la la lah, la lah la lah
Well after an autumn break to see how the land takes up the fertiliser of restful thought, we approach the Christmas break with a need for reflection.
What has 2016 thrown at us?
A reason to be cheerful? A season of Goodwill? A sense of hope?
There are three major areas that seem to be affecting the profession at this time.
There is the issue of the GDC and its new Case Examiners.
It is too early to say if this will genuinely make a difference. What we want is for the GDC to stop trying to be a Complaints House, taking everything on no matter how trivial.
Dr Colin Campbell, a widely-respected colleague in the Midlands, with a personal history of the dealings of the bludgeon that is FtP, clearly thinks not – again with personal experience.
But then again, why would CEs make a difference? They have been tasked and trained by the very organisation that had the problem in the first place. And the problem is that the GDC do not reject anything.
Some of the recent cases suggest that the GDC still do not know what a proper complaint is. The whole list of FTP is awash with material that is either better managed locally and or indeed a simple internal disciplinary matter.
So, if you have not done so, get your £900 out for another year of outrageous wasteful use of your money. But do so with a good grace. It could be worse.
Is it me or have we become so numb and subservient that we just accept it as a nuisance nowadays?
NHS Pilots – self funded by dentists!!
Meanwhile, perhaps all is well with new NHS Pilots. We all know there is new money, and we all know that the DH wants to get bodies through the doors, never mind whether anyone does any dentistry. But the idea of a Care Pathway appears to be well received on its own merits.
But there appears to be strange anomaly that the pilot practice may face up to 10% - YES TEN PERCENT – clawback – which if your profit is running at 20% reflects HALF THE PRACTICE PROFIT - which for most Pilot Principals suggests a cold winter looms.
Good on the BDA for highlighting this matter, on stage at the Local Dental Committees Officials Day , with the DH Head of Finance and the “fabulous” Dr Sara Hurley [You did see the Good Morning interview spat between our CDO for NHS England and Dr Tony Kilcoyne didn’t you?] sitting along side as Dr Henry laid into them in no undertain terms.
Indemnity in Crisis?
Maybe all is well with our support network, the Medical Indemnity Organisations. You know – Dental Protection, DDU, MDDUS and the newer companies such as Taylor Defence Services.
Well, who knows? There are stories of some colleagues finding their cover withdrawn in a discretionary manner halfway through a case. There are many stories of colleagues finding their annual cover suddenly approaching 5 figures and beyond. There is still no clear method for subscription calculation although one hears mutterings about the legendary ‘grid’. A sort of Spot the Ball for Indemnity subscriptions!
Whatever the truth, there is a financial crisis in Indemnity, driven by a combination of commercially proactive lawyers and an overzealous GDC. So much so that there is a one day crisis conference being held in January
After many discussions about rising Indemnity and concerns some colleagues have been left with no cover or representation etc., A 1-day Seminar is being organised by Dental Practice at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC, on Friday 27th January 2017 from 08.30 to 17.30pm.
Concerns are being expressed across the dental sector about the delivery of Professional Indemnity cover and what is and is not included in the various offerings from the MDO’s. As a result, and in conjunction with many key decision makers, it has been decided to hold this 1-day seminar to look at the current situation, with much time for Q&As.
Well that all makes for an energetic start to 2017.
It must be time for another letter to educate the public again, if the recernt rubbish written by Hunter Davies in the Times is anything to go by!
I suggest we all turn to our loved ones and count our blessings. In the year that we have lost Leonard Cohen, AA Gill and Greg Lake, we will not be short of words and music.
Put your practice to bed, and come back refreshed after a nod to the year, raring to go – unless of course you rely on Southern Railway in which case, the very best of luck!
If Christmas is your celebration, may yours be peaceful and joyful. That much we can be assured of
Dr Colin Campbell – the GDC have failed at their first hurdle
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, Chair, BDA General Dental Practice Committee, has posted an update about the prototype contracts on the BDA website
Also here for BDA members
http://www.content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB22526 for NHS report of Motivation
Dental Working Hours, 2014/15 and 2015/16 Motivation Analysis, Experimental Statistics