Time for common sense to prevail: Susie Sanderson BDA

The General Dental Council (GDC) has decided to postpone a vote on whether dentists should be able to continue using the ‘Dr’ courtesy title so that an impact assessment can be carried out allows proper consideration of the issue. Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of the BDA’s Executive Board, said: “The GDC’s decision to defer its vote on this issue affords time for common sense to prevail.”

 


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GDC should stop wasting resources says BDA

The General Dental Council (GDC) must prioritise its role in protecting the public and stop wasting time and resources on whether dentists should be allowed to continue using the courtesy title ‘doctor’, the British Dental Association (BDA) has argued in a letter from chief executive, Peter Ward, to the GDC today. The letter has been sent ahead of a meeting of the GDC’s Council on Thursday (24 February 2011), which is due to consider a recommendation by GDC’s Standards Committee that dentists no longer be permitted to use the courtesy title.


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The things patients want!

According to the Chicago Dental Society the strangest request any of their members had received was: ‘Can you give my dog braces?’ It surveyed more than 300 members to find out the strangest dental requests they'd ever received from patients. The survey was conducted for the Chicago Dental Society's 146th annual Midwinter Meeting, this February 24-26.


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Call for dentists to be ‘fined’ in Wales

Dentists in Wales who refer patients to more than one orthodontic waiting list to try and get them seen sooner should be fined. So says Jonathan Morgan AM chair of the National Assembly’s Cross-Party Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee. Its report calls for fines to be introduced for practitioners who persistently make duplicate or inappropriate referrals, to avoid clogging up the system.


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Implants and injectables set to show growth

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), a market intelligence group in Canada, dental procedures such as implants and ‘facial injectable’ are set to show growth over the next five years in North America. The aesthetic and dental areas have consistently shown greater than average growth, according to MRG. Dental implants will show a growth of nine per cent and facial injectables 12 per cent, both driven by consumer demand for anti-ageing treatments.

 


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Deferring dental treatment unwise, warns BDA

Concerns about the economic climate are leading patients in England to cancel dental appointments and defer treatments they need, according to research by the British Dental Association (BDA). The unfortunate knock-on effect of these decisions is an increase in the number of patients presenting at surgeries requiring emergency treatment said BDA chair Susie Sanderson.


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BDA and GDC on collision course over title doctor

The General Dental Council (GDC) will put itself on a collision course with the British Dental Association (BDA) and most of its dentist registrants if it accepts a recommendation from its Standards Committee that dentists should not be allowed to use the courtesy title doctor. Despite the facts that large majority (90.4%) of respondents to the 12 week consultation on advertising believed that dentists should be allowed to use the courtesy title, it seems likely that the GDC will go ahead and ban it.


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DCP Committee formed at FGDP(UK)

Dental Care Professionals now have their own committee at the Faculty of General Dental Practice - FGDP(UK). The DCP Committee was established to build on the work undertaken by the previous DCP Advisory Board. Its role is to develop standards and educational opportunities in support of the dental team. It is chaired by Tony Griffin.


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