Government makes some progress on sugar reduction but not nearly enough

Government makes some progress on sugar reduction but not nearly enough

A report by Public Health England  shows reductions in the sugar content of those products monitored by them of just 2%, which is less than half the Government’s target after one year and a tenth of the 20% per cent reduction it hopes to achieve by 2020. However sugar content in fizzy drinks targeted by the ‘sugar tax’ has fallen by an average of 11%.

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BDA responds critically to prototype evaluation

BDA responds critically to prototype evaluation

The BDA has responded to the Department’s evaluation of the contract reform prototypes, saying that ‘half-measures risk sustainability of NHS dentistry’. GDPC Chair Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen said: “We cannot go on as we are. Policymakers must now ensure NHS patients are not left stuck between a rock and a hard place when they require dental care.”

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Department publishes evaluation of prototypes

Department publishes evaluation of prototypes

The Department has published: Dental Contract Reform, Evaluation of the first year of prototyping 2016-2017. It shows some progress, with the clinical model well accepted by the profession. However further work needs to be done and adjustments made to the business model to improve the sustainability for practices. More practices should be recruited.

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BDA condemns GDC over ARF consultation

BDA condemns GDC over ARF consultation

Plans from the GDC not to consult registrants on fee levels ever again are unacceptable, the BDA has told the regulator. BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: "There can be no justification for keeping the ARF at its current rate. We have paid for the GDCs mismanagement in previous years – it is now time for the regulator to live within its means.”

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Minister seeks to defend Government policy on dentistry

Minister seeks to defend Government policy on dentistry

In a recent session of questions to the Health Secretary, the parlous state of NHS dentistry was raised by several opposition constituency MPs. In answers, Junior health minister, Steve Brine MP, sought to deflect criticism of the Government’s policy or lack of it.

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National Audit Office slams Capita performance

National Audit Office slams Capita performance

The National Audit Office (NAO) says in a new report that NHS England and Capita misunderstood the risks in outsourcing primary care support services resulting in services to 39,000 GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists that were a long way below an acceptable standard. Widespread failures are still being experienced by primary care practitioners.

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Decay rates lower for 5-year olds but inequalities persist

Decay rates lower for 5-year olds but inequalities persist

The results of the Oral Health Survey of 5-year-old children 2017 show wide variation at both regional and local authority level for both prevalence and severity of dental decay. Overall 76.7% of 5-year-old children in England had no experience of obvious dental decay, for the fourth consecutive survey.

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