GDC to appoint new member

Following Alison Lockyer’s resignation from the General Dental Council (GDC), moves are underway to appoint another member. Candidates from all registrant groups can apply, so Alison’s successor will not necessarily be a dentist. The recruitment will be carried out by the Appointments Commission which is independent of the GDC.


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Pilots bailing out?

Dentists who volunteered as pilots for the new contract are fed up with the lack of information coming from their PCTs. A source told GDPUK that he has no idea how much he will be paid per patient under capitation and has been given little time to study the contract. Like some of his colleagues he is thinking of withdrawing from the scheme.


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Whitening products back on sale

GDPUK Exclusive news:


Dental Directory is resuming sales of whitening products with the blessing of Trading Standards. The only proviso set by Trading Standards is that these products are used by registered professionals in the surgery. The company says that although its stocks are limited, its shelves should be fully stocked within the next seven working days.


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GDC issues warning leaflet for patients

As part of its campaign to raise public awareness of safety in relation to tooth whitening, the General Dental Council (GDC) has launched a new publication: Considering tooth whitening? The GDC is warning the public against tooth whitening conducted illegally by unregulated persons.

The leaflet can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6cat64r


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OFT considering dental corporate merger

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering undertakings offered by Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) and Associated Dental Practices (ADP) in relation to their merger, in lieu of a reference to the Competition Commission. In order to remedy competition concerns, the parties have offered to divest their practices and NHS contracts in the local areas in which the OFT identified concerns.


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Ross Hobson launches Oralign Ltd

Ross Hobson and Lester Ellman have launched the Oralign Ltd orthodontic appliance. The system uses a unique method of interdental stripping with a small discreet removable appliance that doesn’t interfere with the rest of the mouth. It can be used to straighten the anterior teeth in less than 14 weeks when worn 14 hours a day including overnight.


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Ombudsman names and shames dentist

The Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has named a Staffordshire dentist who has repeatedly ignored calls from professional bodies to apologise to a patient following her complaint. This is the first time Ms Abraham has published a report specifically to alert Parliament to a health care professional’s refusal to put things right following a complaint.


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