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The Pace of Change

The Pace of Change

 

 

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.

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The Tooth Trip

The Tooth Trip

I was surprised to see the advice we give our patients has not changed much in over 40 years! I am reading a book called “The Tooth Trip” that was written by dentist Thomas McGuire in 1972; he describes the same prevention based dentistry we practice today. This book was written for the public to understand oral diseases and their role in preventing it.

Some of the book is way off the mark with recipes for making homemade toothpaste with Sage, Myrrh and powdered roots. Making toothbrushes from twigs and sticks does not sound like the best use of an hour of your time. What resonated so strongly with me was the descriptions of self-examination of your mouth and emphasis on prevention and working together with your dentist. A whole chapter was on dental emergencies and what constitutes a real emergency- severe or recurrent bleeding or severe pain not relived by painkillers. Just getting your patients to read this chapter alone would save thousands of wasted dental appointments. There was sensible honest advice on how and why teeth can hurt and how you can prevent it and work together with your dental team to stop it recurring.

In our modern age, if we educate our patients in the causes of dental disease and how it is entirely preventable, they too could have healthy mouths and lower dental bills. Despite the fact that most of this information is freely available on the internet or in the leaflets that some dental practices give out, not much has changed. Why is that?

I feel that until the information is specifically tailored to our patents and they can see the benefit from following that specific advice, they will switch off. If you promote the fact that you fix teeth, they will just come and expect you to fix them. This is where modern dental teams come in. We need to genuinely listen to our patients, do not interrupt them, let them get their whole story out. Examine their mouth, show them the evidence of disease in a clear and non-judgemental way. Explain their options and how as a team, you can return their mouth to health. Make them understand that without them, all your treatment will fail. Spending extra time now will save hours of treatment in the future and help educate a generation that loves going to the dentist. All good dentists want their work to be appreciated and to last a life-time.

Four Dental sins from the 1970’s that Dentists still do to this day:

1. Leaflet avoidance. Handing your patients reading matter to explain your treatment and asking them to go home to go through it. Nothing beats a face to face discussion where you allow them time to discuss their personal fears and questions. Leaflets should be only a back-up once the conversation has taken place.

2. Technical jargon. Using dental terminology or complex words to explain your diagnosis and treatment. All professions have jargon. The skilled dentists explain it in a language that that specific patient will understand.

3. Carrying out treatment whilst discussing the patient’s options. No-one can fully concentrate when lying on their back with theirs mouth open or having treatment carried out. Stop, sit the patient up and have a face to face conversation.

4. Bulldozing. Talking it through you your patient until they are worn down and just say yes. Nothing is life or death that you need to decide there and then. Place a temporary filling and then explain the options; pros, cons and cost. Then let them go away and think about it.

 

How are you going to make the most of your patients next tooth trip?

 

Photo by Jenn Durfey, licence info

 

 

James Goolnik is a practising Dentist and his book “Brush” donates 100% of the profits to Dentaid. He recently led a team of 8 dental professionals to Malawi to install two dental chairs, equipment and deliver skills transfer workshops from these proceeds. He is a trustee of the charity “Heart your Smile”.

 

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BDA is eating itself

BDA is eating itself
 
 
The BDA is eating itself. This has been going on quietly for a few months, since the figures secretly emerged from the membership changes implemented in early summer. News on this topic has been sketchy, the BDA has been trying to keep a lid on it.
 
There is a battle raging at the BDA, but there is a silence, a purdah from those involved. The membership needs to know, and must be told.
 
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There has been a major shortfall in income, and the organisation has to respond to this, or face dire financial consequences. The PEC met on Tuesday 1st October there has been no press release about this. The GDPC Executive met on Thursday October 3rd. No news from there either. Today [October 4th] the GDPC will be having it's say in London. By then, many more people will be in the know. But the membership should be told what is happening, and what the outcome will be.
 
On one side, the executive and the PEC has set course to retain the costly premises, and salaries of leading executives, make some cutbacks but carry on with the rest of its functions.
 
The other side is both concerned and very angry that cuts will be made to frontline services, directly affecting members and that no-one at the centre of the organisation is taking responsibility in the form of resignation. Cuts that may be made to BDA services include many staff redundancies, potentially in more than one wave. Major concerns are that BDA spending on the trades union side of the organisation will be severely cut. In addition, there are whispers that funding to the BDA branches, its true roots, will be cut to zero next year.
 
My opinion - although decisions were made collectively by boards and committees, the membership plan changes were brought to the fore by a group, and that group should take responsibility.
 
The membership, in their thousands, continue to subscribe millions of pounds, and the majority chose the simplest membership option, which includes the trades union activity. Therefore my prescription - this part of the BDA's work must not be cut.
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LDCs: BDA will seek your backing for ‘New Contract ‘ ….

Well, the summer has been, and the summer it would seem, that fickle season of the North, has gone. The suntan is rusting, but the LDC fortunately met indoors, by and large, if one ignores the lightning strike hazard of the Golf match.

It intrigues me that Denplan are the Platinum Sponsors of this quintessentially NHS aimed representative body.

It is almost as though Denplan see themselves as the ethical side of ‘mixing’.  I mean… what can THEIR interest be in the machinations of turgid DH driven change?

But perhaps the biggest news to come out of the LDCs appears to be the wording on Page 12 in respect of the 2012 LDC Motions . An informed reply elsewhere on this forum pointed out that the GDPC are obliged to act upon any LDC Motion, and one assumes therefore that given the serious nature of such motions, any reply issued on behalf of the GDPC will carry due authority and weight.

Such is its import that I have taken the liberty of quoting direct from the LDC 2013 papers at http://www.ldcuk.org/documents/doc_download/142-2013-ldc-conference-papers

 

LDC Conference Motions 2012  GDPC Activities

Birmingham LDC motion

This Conference believes that, …, the Department of Health cannot be trusted to install a new dental contract with thetrust of the profession.

GDPC Response:

GDPC understands LDC Conference’s view but … will continue to ensure that the voice of the profession is represented during the formation of any new contract and will not offer support to any new contract without the backing of the profession.

 

So your heard it here first.

The GDPC will not offer support to any new contract without the backing of the profession.

 

Which to my mind means that some form of personal opportunity to say yea or nay to the New Contract is assured.

 

NHS Bullshit Agency?

Maybe you should renew that BDA Membership after all? You are only 2 weeks late.  Which of course is nigh on criminal in the minds of the CQC Factoring Agency [NHSSBS] who seem to have installed a CQC fee collection system which makes DVLA look positively benign.  When the CQC phone you, simply say you have passed your invoice to your accounts office who  “No, you cannot contact”. Or tell them to get lost! 

 

May your June continue be flaming.

 

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Are you reading Lord Howe? [1]

Within the next two years it is most likely there will be a new contract for the delivery of general dental services. The new systems will undoubtedly need input of patient data in the surgery and for transmission to NHS bodies.

It is equitable and essential that DH agree that they must fully fund the computer systems needed to run and maintain their new contract. Thousands of dentists have, to date, provided computer systems with investments from their own funds. Dentists must now insist if the systems are essential to have an NHS Contract in the future, then the DH should pay for them retrospectively.

An equitable way would be for this payment in the form of a flat grant to be made to all performers, or all sites at which NHS contracting is provided. Inevitably this IT hardware and software then creates ongoing costs, these costs must also be supported by separate payments to dentistry, a clear and transparent statement must be made that this is not money taken from funds for patient care.

Are you reading Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health?

Dentists have been treated dishonestly in the past [Seniority Payments to name one instance], it is time to do the right thing.

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CQC and BDA - possible bedfellows?

The CQC and the BDA 

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The CQC are a’changin’ .. It seems that the CQC are modifying their broad brush approach previously employed to inspect dental practices and developing a more focussed  approach .  It seems that dentists now assist the CQC directly.

Not so much a light touch, more like the right touch

It seems that evidence that the BDA is also a’ changin’ comes in the changes to the CQC arising in large part from sensible dialogue between these two large bodies.

Should I whisper it or shout it from the roof top? 

Both the CQC and the BDA are to be congratulated.

[Blimey, it didn’t hurt either … ]

The PCT’s however, and so for the moment one assumes, NHS England [or Wales Scotland or N Ireland] ,  are still somewhat further off the 'improving' status, if one is to judge by the recent tragic case of a dentist who felt that taking his own life was the only option following the PCT grilling. 

Now 
perhaps we can feel assured that, if the BDA statement is anything to go by,  the BDA will seriously go gunning for any such heavy handedness in future.

Dentistry is a cottage industry, a swarm of buzzing micro-businesses.  However, that does not mean there should not be standards and consistency of standards across the profession.

Perhaps the CQC will go where the Dental Reference Service never quite reached. Or pehaps thy will be squeezed by a budget that make it impossible to maintain long term involvement of dentists in this way? Time will tell.

Maybe we reaching the point of suggesting the CQC is ‘a good thing’, and noting perhaps that it will drive profession wide improvements?

Whether that Pink Pig flies by or not, here's hoping your barbecue was suitably warmed up over the Whitsun break as you cooked up the next good idea for your practice.

 

http://www.cqc.org.uk/node/747216/

http://www.bda.org/news-centre/press-releases/42569-bda-calls-for-inquiry-into-dentists-suicide.aspx

 

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Evidence Based Dentistry


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Choices? Out of stock, Sir

 

Dentists told to 'go compare'

Welcome back from the long weekend. Sunshine does starnge things to people and so this little gem could well be evidence of sun spot activity on Government activity!

The DH stated in early May that  NHS Choices will shortly write to all dentists offering them the opportunity to manage their pages on the NHS Choices website

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Health & Safety Quiz

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Direct Access: An issue to unite dentists?

The present Chair of the General Dental Council, someone I have a great deal of time for, Prof Kevin O'Brien stresses the concept again and again, that the role of the GDC is "protecting the public". Dentists understand this, but for so many years the GDC regulated the profession in a different way, in what was a different world. But I personally, along with so many professional colleagues, cannot see how Direct Access will make things safer for the public. Risks must be higher, and there will be people who effectively have to be examined by dental hygienists and dental therapists, within their scope of practice, and inevitably they will carry out examinations, and will effectively become dentists.

What about the career pathway and the investment young people must now make to become a dentist? £9,000 a year for five years in tuition fees alone. We anticipate in five years from now, some colleagues will qualify with debts of £70,000. Will demand for dental school admission hold up when sixth formers and their parents do the maths?

What will the role be for dentists in the UK when successive governments have fully taken out their revenge on the dental profession for having the temerity to think and act independently? Politicians and the media all fail to recall a simple fact - the existence of any general dental service in the UK is provided by the investment of the profession, often based on the security of their homes, dentists are almost all independent practitioners, and some decide to enter into contracts to provide NHS dental services. These simple facts, dental practices are small businesses in which efficiencies are high, and nimble brained practice owners make rapid decisions on what is best for their financial well being, both in the very short term, as well as the longer term over-view. Unfortunately, when analysed, the decision on DA must be based on the revenge for independence created by the system which dentists inhabit.

The GDC sought advice from the profession in general in a wide operation. The BDA [representing 18,000 dentists] made their input, which was against DA. Both the content and the weight of this advice were discarded by the GDC in their deliberations.

Interestingly, there are not many issues which unite the UK dental profession. In this case, and in my opinion, there is strong feeling amongst the grass roots, this is now a cause
which could be used by the BDA to really pull together disparate parts of the profession.

Ref:
https://www.gdpuk.com/news/latest-news/1254-direct-access-decision-misguided-says-bda
http://community.bda.org/forums/p/5406/9295.aspx#9295

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The cycle of reprocessing life … whither Paragraph 2.4 [l]

Well another week, another major document to chew up...

 

A mere 98 pages for this one -a mere 4 years in the making and of course I could be referring to the Hobbit . But that is no way to refer to the esteemed CDO [of the DH, or NHS England, or the deputy underling CDOs- you choose which job is being shared in the new logo-free Department of Health].  And no, I am not referring to 50 Shades of Porcelain. 

Calm yourselves , but its true. HTM 01-05 [2013 edition]  has or is about to thud its way into your inbox.  And a riveting piece of contraceptive literature it is.

Of course instead of highlighting the differences between the documents, in a formal, living document method, the whole text has to read alongside the 2009 edition to see where the changes are… so you need both copies on the desk.  What, you mean you can’t find the other? Shame on you, you bug ridden cesspit of casuality, you!

Let me skip you to the good news.  Paragraph 2.4k – leave them in the bags for a year now – shhh… you are not supposed to say that ….

Even stranger though: the continuing mystery of what should have been in 2.4l [for Lima] which never made the final 2009 cut is also kept out of the 2013 version. So invisible redaction is alive and well.. Oh well. In this case you could make it up.

Lots of bigger brains than my little apology have cast their eyes over this and its preceding ‘advice’ only to find it a glorified version of Civil Service speak for ‘our opinion is worth more than yours’. As we remind ourselves of the numerous infection related deaths, epidemics and microbial population flares that have arisen over the years  from day to day dentistry, what exactly is the purpose of HTM 01-05 in dentistry?

One assumes that this stuff is taught to the point of theatrical performance at Dental Schools. The implication is that much of the EU now adopts such thinking. If all of that is true why do the Department of Health feel the need to allocate so many resources of manpower to such a tome?  The first evidence they should present is the stuff to prove there was even a problem in the first place!

I love it when the preamble states

It is not the intention within this suite of documents to unnecessarily repeat international or European standards, industry standards or UK Government legislation. Where appropriate, these will be referenced.

So we are to assume that while a 5 years degree confers an assumption of learning ability we are not be trusted with reference to the documents that are causal in the need for 98 pages of …[ you fill in the adjective of choice]. Stuff transparency – we know better and you do not need to know.  How very quaint, how deliciously old fashioned. How unfit for purpose the arrogance of the DH makes them.

Another quote caught my eye for all you entrepreneurs out there:

Where new practices are commissioned or new premises contemplated, it is advised that the full best practice provisions of this guidance be utilised wherever reasonably practicable.

So presumably your essential pre-opening CQC registration will take due note of this…

Don’t you just love this little ‘get-out-of-jail card?

References  - It should be noted that this list may not be totally inclusive at the time of reading. Advice should be sought on the currency of these references and the need to include new or revised documents.

Now I am all in favour of good standards. Indeed in a funny sort of way I can understand the need for consistent proper standards in such a basic area of patient safety, and like any proud profession we should be jumping at the chance to trumpet our safety standards to our patients. Ok, so maybe  we can argue about the science behind it all, but there is an irrefutable logic.  

If the only way to sterilise is to have a validated process , then the only way to wash and disinfect, given the huge variety of human skill and competency, is to use a….washer drierPatently it does not fix the problems of the world and self evidently they are pain in the neck in the cottage industry of compact, no-free-space practice.  But there is a logic to the need for some such technology if we genuinely believe in profession wide standards.  The clever bit would be to combine science and evidence with the technological, low cost outcome. But then again, when was the outcome of a Government Department ever to be regarded as clever?

So what happens if in 2015 another 10% of the profession - 1500 practices give or take - use the best practice espoused in HTM 01-05 [2013] to argue that they can longer, as independent businesses who must put the safety of their patients above any business need [cf GDC Guidance]  decide that compliance with the HTM protocols requires the practice to operate outside the NHS?

For sure it seems that it will be down to practice owners to fund any compliance – and it seems unlikely that there will be any Scottish methods of grant based funding from the English side of the border. Wales is an interesting area though – and we shall see how they handle the matter. Across the water is also a different climate of political process.

So maybe the true unspoken purpose of HTM 01-05 [2013] is to force upon dental business owners s who may be eeking to equip a practice such onerous costs that they may prove  unsustainable under the nnGDS, but perfectly manageable for for a future outside the NHS?

Many of us have been saying that for years. Maybe as we come out of recession another cycle of the private practice life will begin. 

Exciting times, eh Caruthers?  And what was paragraph 2.4 l-Lima?

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The Iron Lady went to the dentist

Mrs Thatcher went to her dentist. As she lay back she asked, “Now Dr Rill – may I call you David? How are  things going? Do not spare me – I am here to listen”.

 The dentist proceeded to let her have it in true Exocet style. 

“Mrs Thatcher, I run a micro business, it is my business and I get no subsidy from anyone.  I pay my taxes and employ my staff. I am the most efficient arm of delivery of Government policy. The banks lend me money which I pay back. The dental laboratories rely upon me for my dental work and their businesses in turn. The dental supply businesses rely upon my successful business and the investment I make in this new chair for example.

 So why are you lot attacking me and my colleagues from all angles?  It almost like politicians are jealous of all we do and all we achieve.

I have to pay £800 to the CQC to tick a load of boxes. We all know how efficient they are – they could not find a rabbit in a phone box, let alone a dud practice. They do not change anything about what I do in day to day practice.  What they do is create a heavy load shelf full of manuals.

We have to pay to be CRB checked before we even get to work [or whatever they call themselves today – barely worth the expensive anti fraud paper it is written on . And remind me – how many dentists have assaulted their patients?

Your Department of Health has produced the HTM documents , and in dentistry we have HTM 01-05 which others clutch at as being as though handed down from the Cross Infection God when in reality they are merely the assembled. Remind me … how many patients have dentists infected or killed?

Now we have a new NHS and no one knows how it works or who to write to for queries.   Meanwhile our UK graduates cannot get NHS Provider Numbers and are unemployed , God help us, without undertaking first year post graduate training [so called FD1] but our EU colleagues can by and large waltz in and start work unhindered by such detail.  This is madness, sheer madness.

There is a new NGS contract being piloted but the CDO  has gone off to NHS England to enable all the changes to the NHS – so there is a feeling of impending worse chaos down the line as once again those of us who are the most efficient contractors  the Government has are once again expected to squeeze an impossible litre out a 100ml bottle. The DH expect us to believe that all is hunky dory with selective statistics when you and I know that extracting children’s decayed teeth is the third commonest reason for admissions for Gas & wrecking hospital paediatric plans  It simply cannot go on Mrs T. The Big Lie of successful politics in dentistry is getting Bigger.

We have a GDC that seems to be seeking to grab practitioner by the nether regions and is chucking unlimited amounts of money at their cases, which seem to consist of one charge and 20 charges in the “and another thing” classification of i-dotting and t-crossing. Meanwhile any Tom dick or Harriet sets up a whitening parlour and simply snubs all and sundry with two very white fingers. And don’t get me started on Dental Nurse registration which is by any description nothing more than a tax on employment.

Now Mrs Thatcher, I do not need to remind you that we need each other, and in particular you need my skills with a local anaesthetic.

What we need is a proper recognition that dentistry is the original Privatised Industry – we lead the way and you lot are trying to stop us.

What do you say, Mrs T?”

 

As Mrs Thatcher fell asleep, she murmured “Leave it with me Dr Rill. I will see what I can do”

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Will profession have to face more uncertainty?

 

MP Jamie Reed put his foot in his mouth this week when asked about a Parliamentary question. His comment suggested he thought that patients can register with an NHS dentist in England, when this registration concept and payment for registration was removed by a Labour Government in 2006 when the present GDS contract was imposed on the profession and patients.
 
 
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BDA

A Fold for a Flock of Sheep or a Den for a Wolf Pack?........


Many of you will have noticed a worrying discussion occurring in GDP UK. The obvious stress and uncertainty of professional life at the various levels of practice in dentistry appears all too often to take an invisible toil.

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Range of opinion

The first in a series of blogs by this writer, covering all the wide range of topics which are current in UK dentistry.
Enamel Prism is a dentist in practice in the UK, involved in hands on work as well as education.



Any one who casts an eye around the virtual dental world will sense that the heat of practice is growing. A junior colleague on another site is struggling to understand how he interacts with his colleagues and whether a whistle needs to be blown. The argument for and against the benefits of CDT based denture treatments seems to have pricked a conscience or two. And now we have an interesting discussion emerging about the idea of private gaming.

It seems that whether you are trying to make the NHS work in day to day practice or are in patient-funded private practice, there is a wide range of opinion about any circumstance - clinical or administrative. Those of you of a confident age value that very opportunity to be 'individual'.

The beauty of the profession of dentistry is that it accommodates a wide range of characters with a wide range of opinion which by and large marry a wide body of patients in a mutually satisfactory manner. That range of opinion is the very essence of professional practice.

It has always been difficult for dentists to be consistent in their approaches and their activities. But suddenly it seems that the width of the zone of acceptable opinion may be narrowing. Are we witnessing a profession wide loss of tolerance?

Perhaps the unexpected outcome of a long recession , regulatory changes by the truck load, and an uncertain Government commitment, allied to the perverse certainty of uncertain but major change, is that we have all become a bit too twitchy - in planning our self-defence, maybe the trigger is a little too light. A word or warning to all, though: there is a fine line between a healthy difference of opinion and infighting. And we all suspect we know which way the Government would like things to develope, so that they can slide though their changes of choice.

Calm down dears, its good to differ. But let's remain allied in professional friendship and mutual respect.

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Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony will already be getting reviews in the press by now, generally very positive but it's also difficult to please all viewers I guess.
From my perspetive we got to see the preparations beforehand, on a vast scale, with the blue bowler hat light-bulb people numbering over a thousand alone.
The Athletes also have to be lined-up in the village then pass-over to the Olympic Park away from public access points. I was fortunate enough to be helping with this on the night, though it does mean missing the actual ceremony within the stadium, which starts before we have even got the athletes over there and ready. Again there was so many of them I even needed to hitch a ride in the police buggy to get from the end of the moving line to the beginning before they reached the Stadium!

Once there they entered through the audience, with much music, pomp and celebration and of course the obligatory firework display near midnight.
Awesome is a word used a lot for these London 2012 Olympic games - it's not difficult to appreciate why!

 

 

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