MDDUS membership rises by a third

MDDUS membership rises by a third

Dental membership in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose by almost a third during 2018 as dentists put their faith in MDDUS’ gold standard indemnity. Total dental membership in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has doubled since 2015 while in England alone there was a 41.5% increase in 2018. Market share in Scotland stands at approximately 70% and is now above 20% elsewhere in the UK and growing fast.

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Time pressure can lead to mis-diagnosis of x-rays

Time pressure can lead to mis-diagnosis of x-rays

Dentists can miss important details on radiographs when put under time pressure, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth. The study, published in the Journal of Dentistry, showed that primary care dentists missed 67% of bone loss and 40% of tooth decay on a sample of dental x-rays, when given limited time to assess them.

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BDA Indemnity to be launched in May

BDA Indemnity to be launched in May

The BDA will be launching its new indemnity product at the British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show on May 17 at NEC Birmingham. BDA Managing Director Peter Ward said: “As a member-owned, not-for-profit organisation with a nearly 140-year heritage, the Association has a clear and undiluted purpose – to support UK dentists. BDA Indemnity is the logical next step in that mission.”

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EU workers' qualifications will be recognised after Brexit

EU workers’ qualifications will be recognised after Brexit

Health and social care workers from the EU with professional qualifications can continue to practise in the UK as they do now. EU or Swiss qualified persons entering the UK after exit may have their qualifications recognised, whether we leave the EU with or without a deal. Those who are currently registered can continue to practise in the UK as they do now, guaranteeing their ability to work in the NHS.

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Teeth of Egyptian papyrus maker speak of hard work and chronic pain

Teeth of Egyptian papyrus maker speak of hard work and chronic pain

A research team from the University of Alberta have published new research in  Bioarchaeology of Marginalized People revealing fascinating data about, not the Pharaohs and elite classes this time, but of the day-to-day roles of people in Ancient Egypt. And the clues were not derived from a golden mask or the paintings from a treasure laden tomb, but from the teeth of an ordinary citizen, who lived to over 50 years old.

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The UK’s leading dental training charity celebrates its 15th anniversary

The UK’s leading dental training charity celebrates its 15th anniversary

Many charities start life around a kitchen table. The spark comes from a couple of ordinary people seeing what they want to change in the world and working out how they can do it.

Fifteen years ago, Ian and Andi Wilson met and fell in love while volunteering in Tanzania. Ian was using his skills as a dentist and Andi was working at an orphanage. They talked about how they could use their skills and networks to help people in the country that they were visiting. These conversations were the genesis of Bridge2Aid and 2019 is the 15th anniversary of the charity.

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John Milne awarded FGDP Fellowship

John Milne awarded FGDP Fellowship

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has awarded eight Fellowships. Mick Horton, Dermot McNulty, John Milne and Jonathan Rees have been elected to the Fellowship in recognition of their exceptional career records and active support of the Faculty. Janet Goodwin and John Deer have received Honorary Fellowship, with Ralph Pickup and Vincent Syme receiving the Diploma of Fellowship.

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Dental Protection members admit the fear of being sued causes stress and anxiety

Dental Protection members admit the fear of being sued causes stress and anxiety

Eight out of ten Dental Protection members admit the fear of being sued causes stress and anxiety. Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection, said: “Stress can impact on a dentist’s health and practice in a number of ways. It can affect confidence, clinical judgement, morale and even lead to performance issues. High stress levels affect performance and increase the potential for adverse outcomes of error.”

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NHS practice values continue to drop

NHS practice values continue to drop

The statistics from the latest NASDAL Goodwill Survey show a large reduction in the average goodwill values of NHS practices – a continuing trend. NHS sales saw a drop in goodwill value of 118% of gross fees. Fully private practice sales bounced back to an average goodwill value of 127% of gross fees and mixed practices stayed steady at an average goodwill value of 108% of gross fees.

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