Government urged to protect dentists from rising costs of clinical negligence

Government urged to protect dentists from rising costs of clinical negligence

Dental Protection is calling on the Government to introduce a package of legal reforms that would protect dentists from the spiralling cost of clinical negligence claims. Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection said: “It is not unusual for the costs awarded to claimant lawyers to be significantly higher than the damages paid to the patient.”

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NASDAL Goodwill Survey shows a divided nation

NASDAL Goodwill Survey shows a divided nation

Last week saw the release of the latest practice goodwill statistics from the NASDAL (The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) survey released. Perhaps rather aptly for the current political climate, the survey for the quarter ending 31st July 2018 shows a divided country with a huge disparity in practice goodwill values.  

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Faculty dean awarded PhD

Faculty dean awarded PhD

Congratulations to Ian Mills, Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) on being awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth, following his work as an academic fellow in general dental practice at Peninsula Dental School. The title of his thesis was “The Delivery of  Person-Centred Care in General Dental Practice” and sought to identify the key dimensions of such care with respect to dentistry.

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BDA calls on Scottish Government to tackle oral health inequalities

BDA calls on Scottish Government to tackle oral health inequalities

The BDA in Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to make faster progress in tackling long-standing oral health inequalities, following a new report on children’s dental health. Robert Donald, Chair of the BDA’s Scottish Council said: “Dentists have applauded the progress secured through Childsmile, but this data is a stark reminder that the Scottish Government cannot rest on its laurels”.

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Prevention better than cure says Matt Hancock

Prevention better than cure says Matt Hancock

Introducing a new prevention strategy Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said that there must be a greater focus and spending on prevention, not just cure, in the future. BDA chair, Mike Armstrong, commented: “Sadly he’s had more to say about broccoli than wholly preventable oral diseases that are costing our NHS millions.”

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Whitening fines continue to rise

Whitening fines continue to rise

A mother and daughter from Rye have been fined thousands of pounds for offering illegal tooth whitening at their salon. Jayne and Tiffany Beach pleaded guilty to and were ordered to pay almost £4,000 by Hastings Magistrates’ Court. The magistrate said: “This was a serious offence with lots of aggravating features, which caused a lot of pain and discomfort to the complainant.”

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Supermarket yogurts contain too much sugar say researchers

Supermarket yogurts contain too much sugar say researchers

An article in the online journal BMJ Open has found that the sugar content of most supermarket yogurts well above recommended threshold, new analysis of nutrient content reveals. And organic varieties, often viewed as healthier options, contain some of the highest average sugar content, at 13.1 g/100 g, the findings indicate.

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Queues for dentists’ appointments are back

Queues for dentists? appointments are back

Hundreds of people have queued for hours to register at a dental practice in Llangollen. The BDA has called on the Welsh Government and Local Health Boards in Wales to ensure this situation does not become the ‘new normal’- pressing for real reform of the failed NHS dental system.

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Budget commentary for dentists by NASDAL

Budget commentary for dentists by NASDAL

The Chancellor’s budget has been analysed by the the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers, with an emphasis on how it will affect GDPs. Most, but not all will benefit from an increase in the personal tax-free allowance and raising the level at which higher rate applies. On the downside it has been confirmed that the business rates relief will not apply to private practices.

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