GDPUK.com Opinions:: Tony Kilcoyne: a critique of HTM 01-05

Tony Kilcoyne is a prosthodontic specialist, a dental educator, and an elected member of the GDC. He runs a practice in Haworth in Bronte country, West Yorkshire. He is very well known to GDPUK readers.

Dr. Kilcoyne has been a long term, highly vocal critic of the Health Technical Memorandum that has so raised the ire of the English dental profession.

In this article, he carefully unpicks the unscientific nature of this document.


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GDPUK.com Opinions:: Eddie Crouch - The Judgement

Eddie Crouch, well known to all GDPUK readers, sets out exclusively and immediately for GDPUK the story behind his court cases and the judgement which was handed down today, 10th December, at the Court of Appeal.

In this story, Eddie also makes clear the true role the BDA had during this period of time, and exactly how the funding issue came about.
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GDPUK.com opinions:: Michael Watson - Can UDAs be made to work?

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Heart Your Smile, the dental charity with a mission to find innovative ways to promote oral health and regular dental visiting, has devised a Market Index which charts the growth of dental activity and patient uptake across the spectrum of dental care in the UK. This is based on industry figures for sales of dental treatment gloves and dental local anesthetics, providing a proxy for the volume of dental visiting actually taking place.

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GDPUK.com Opinions:: Lester Ellman - Are we together?

Lester Ellman, who needs no introduction to UK dentists, asks if colleagues today are pulling together and maintaining the high ideals of our noble profession.

There are pressures on practitioners that had not been thought of years ago - how are we coping?

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GDPUK.com opinions:: Roger Matthews: Seven Billion Reasons


Roger Matthews uses his years of experience working in and owning a practice as well as other dental related work calculates the real cost of general dental services in the UK.

Roger laments the fact that Options for Change was seen across the profession as a step towards the right direction, and this vision has now been lost.

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GDPUK.com Opinions :: Brian Edlin : Walking the Line


Brian Edlin looks at DCP registration from a dento-legal perspective. The clock is ticking down with the 31st July GDC registration deadline coming ever closer.
Will laws be broken, and on which side of the team? Who will be blowing the whistle, and will the Professional Conduct Committee be even busier?

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GDPUK.com Opinions: Tony Kilcoyne

Tony Kilcoyne, an experienced practitioner, puts forward some new and possibly controversial ideas about dental practice cross infection protocols for the future.

Should dentistry look back to some of Florence Nightingale's ideals?

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GDPUK.com Opinions: John Renshaw - A Fairy Tale

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Heart Your Smile, the dental charity with a mission to find innovative ways to promote oral health and regular dental visiting, has devised a Market Index which charts the growth of dental activity and patient uptake across the spectrum of dental care in the UK. This is based on industry figures for sales of dental treatment gloves and dental local anesthetics, providing a proxy for the volume of dental visiting actually taking place.

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GDPUK Opinion: Nick Park - Incorporation, My Way.

Nick Park sets out how he decided to incorporate his practice whilst also looking forward to the time when he would wish to retire, or sell the controlling shareholding.
Many dentists in the UK might have done this, or Nick might be the only one. His decision to open up the ownership of the practice may influence others to imitate, and motivate their teams in an original way.

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GDPUK Opinion - Stephen Hudson


Stephen Hudson BDS MFGDP writes a thought provoking article about the popularity of our profession. How do the public see dentists and the profession? Has this changed over the years and will it change in the future?

Are dentists and other professionals "different"? Should they be judged by differing standards? And has the long term attack in the UK on the rights of the professions affected dentistry more or less than other professions?

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GDPUK Opinion - Chris Potts - The Corporate Dentistry Scene 2008

Chris Potts BDS, former Dental Director of Boots Dental, gives his views and opinions on the background to the corporates in UK dentistry, where they are now, and what he thinks will happen.

With Duke Street Capital about to pay more than £120m for Oasis Dental, and therefore placing a valuation of more than £100m on Oasis' goodwill, this analysis hits the spot.

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