NASDAL gives reassurance over associate employment status

NASDAL gives reassurance over associate employment status

The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) has sought to reassure dental associates over the self-employed status. They say that there has been an outbreak of discussion again in recent weeks in regard to the employment status of dental associates, but there has been no change in the tax authorities’ policy on this subject.

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Liz Roebuck installed as President of BSPD

The BSPD (British Society of Paediatric Dentistry) met in Dundee’s Caird Hall last week. The four-day conference saw Claire Stephens hand over the Presidency to Liz Roebuck, consultant in paediatric dentistry in Edinburgh. GDP, Ben Underwood, received an award for his app #BrushDJ. A large-scale trial, which was set up to test three different approaches to the management of tooth decay in children was debated.

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Taxman plans penalties for late submission of tax returns

Taxman plans penalties for late submission of tax returns

HMRC have plans to introduce a points-based penalty system for late payments by businesses and individuals for corporation tax, income tax and self-assessment. As with the existing penalty regime, there will be a ‘reasonable excuse’ get-out, but like the current system, inability to pay and reliance on a third party are not reasonable excuses.

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Large scale trial stresses need for prevention for children

Large scale trial stresses need for prevention for children

Delegates at BSPD’s annual conference in Dundee last week were presented with the long-awaited results of the FiCTION trial which was set up to test three different approaches to the management of tooth decay (dental caries) in children. It showed that prevention and empathetic dentistry is critical in management of dental caries in children.

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Ban on energy drinks for children proposed

Ban on energy drinks for children proposed

Children will be banned from buying energy drinks under government plans to tackle childhood obesity and bad behaviour in schools. Shops that flout the ban will face fines of up to £2,500. But the Government expects that 90% of the energy drinks that children currently buy will be replaced after the ban by other soft drinks.

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BDA says NI dentists are at breaking point

BDA says NI dentists are at breaking point

The BDA has warned that general dental practitioners in Northern Ireland are ’at breaking point’. The comments were made as they responded to the publication of recent reports from NHS Digital. Richard Graham, chair of the BDA NI’s Dental Practice Committee, said: “Morale and earnings are at crisis point. Only meaningful investment in dental services, and the professionals who underpin these will safeguard a future for Health Service dentistry”

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Department reveals extent of dental patient fines

Department reveals extent of dental patient fines

In reply to a Parliamentary question, health minister, Steve Brine MP revealed the extent of fines levied from patients who have claimed exemption from dental treatment charges, but where that exemption could not be verified. These reached a peak of nearly £17million in 2017, but declined by over half in 2018.

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Oral Health charity issues guidance on denture care

Oral Health charity issues guidance on denture care

By 2050 there are expected to be two billion people across the world aged 60 or older, more than double today’s figure, but there is no consistency of advice on denture care. The Oral Health Foundation has therefore developed guidelines to give patients, oral healthcare professionals and caregivers guidance on optimal denture care. These are supported by best evidence and based on consensus from key international experts.

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Better access to dental treatment for care home residents needed

Better access to dental treatment for care home residents needed

Residents in Oxfordshire’s care homes need better access to dentistry services, a new report by Healthwatch Oxfordshire has found. They found that those in care homes face many hurdles in obtaining access to a dentist. The watchdog is calling for better access to dental treatment for such residents in their county.

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