The GDC has appointed four new clinical dental advisers and a senior dental adviser to join its fitness to practise team. They are Margaret Naylor, Richard Cox, Richard Lawson, Shamir Mehta and Christopher Roome. The new members will advise on the clinical aspects of a fitness to practise investigation using written reports and all of the new appointments are currently practising dentistry.
In answer to a Parliamnetary Question by Steve McCabe, junior health minister Steve Brine published a table showing that last year 4.4 million UDAs, with a value of £129 million were not delivered in 2,409 contracts. In answer to another question Mr Brine said 22.2 million adults and 6.8 million children were seen by a dentist last year.
It has been reported that snack companies are spend 27 times more pushing sugary and salty foods than the government does on promoting healthy eating. Additionally, the food watchdog has found that coconut water could be just as harmful as many sugary drinks. However a health minister has said they will publish an assessment of its programme for sugar reduction next year.
In its latest report on the sectors it regulates, the Care Quality Conmission (CQC) said the picture for the dental sector was positive. The majority (88%) of dental practices that they inspected were meeting regulations relating to all five key questions. Both BDA and FGDP(UK) have welcomed these findings, as a 'recognition of the dedication and professionalism of dentists and dental practice teams across England.'
The latest practice goodwill survey results have just been released by The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) and it does appear that the market as a whole is still buoyant. However, there may be a geographical divide opening up across the UK, with the hoighest values in London, the South East, Birmingham and Manchester.
An explosion of "posh popcorn" has led to the number of tooth injuries directly caused by the snack eclipsing those of other serial offenders like hard-boiled sweets and fudge or caramel, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The number of popcorn-related problems hitting dental surgeries has doubled over the past three years, from around five percent of cases to one in ten.
Peter Dyer, BDA President, led the celebrations to mark the Association’s move to 64 Wimpole Street 50 years ago this year. He read a congratulatory letter from the BDA’s Patron, Her Majesty the Queen, who opened the building in 1967. The Association’s health was drunk 'in traditional British manner', with a cup of tea.
The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) has taken the unprecedented step of recently writing to the major banks providing healthcare loans over concerns that banks’ lawyers are adding another unnecessary level of bureaucracy to the buying/selling of a dental practice and costing dentists money.
The General Dental Council (GDC) has announced that there will be no change in the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) for dentists or DCPs in 2018, for the third year running, despite its financial position becoming ‘much more robust’. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said dentists should not be expected to subsidise the GDC’s “obsession with holding vast and unnecessary reserves of our money.”