Hide the mistletoe says NASDAL

Hide the mistletoe says NASDAL
It’s the season to be jolly but, says NASDAL lawyer Amanda Maskery, there can be potential for things to go wrong at Christmas. Whether it’s a party which is a little too raucous, bad weather, dealing with staff holidays or treating emergencies, Christmas brings around pressures which don’t exist at other times of the year, but with careful forethought, and the right practice policies in place, trouble can usually be avoided,

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Straumann to cut jobs in Europe

Straumann to cut jobs in Europe
Swiss dental implant maker Straumann has said it will axe roughly 150 jobs to boost margins as it grapples with sluggish demand in Europe, its biggest market. The euro zone debt crisis has battered sales of dental implants made by Straumann and its Swiss rival Nobel Biocare as patients cut back on non-essential dental treatment.

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GDC successfully prosecutes tooth whitening company

GDC successfully prosecutes tooth whitening company
The General Dental Council (GDC) has successfully prosecuted Pearl Teeth Whitening Limited – trading as Pearl National – for illegally carrying on the business of dentistry. On Friday 23 November 2012 a representative of the company pleaded guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court. The court has fined the firm £3,500 and ordered them to pay £4,000 towards the GDC costs.

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OFT launches campaign on patients’ rights at dentist

OFT launches campaign on patients’ rights at dentist
 

The Office of Fair Trading has launched a new campaign to help patients understand more about their rights when visiting the dentist. The 'Right to Smile' campaign, which is supported by the British Dental Association, private dentistry providers and a number of consumer groups, has been launched to help patients make informed decisions, understand more about their entitlements to NHS treatment, and know what their options are if things go wrong.

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Let the GDC have your views

Let the GDC have your views
 

The General Dental Council (GDC) is asking for as many views as possible on three major consultations which could change dental regulation in the United Kingdom.  The GDC is considering propsals for direct access to any members if the dental team, news standards for all registarnts and on continuing professional development. Go to the GDC website to contribute.

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GDC issues advice on CPD

GDC issues advice on CPD
 

The General Dental Council (GDC) has issued advice on obtaining Continuing Professional Development (CPD). It’s now less than a year until nearly 40-thousand Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) will reach the end of their first five year CPD cycle. Of those who have declared what they have done so far 36% have logged more than the minimum hours; 11% have logged no hours. Dental Technicians are currently the least likely to have logged their hours - 22% having not yet declared any.

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Manchester practice to receive BDA award

Manchester practice to receive BDA award
A dental practice in Manchester has been named British Dental Association (BDA) Good Practice Scheme Practice of the Year, it was announced this week. Maple Dental Care Ltd, in the Brooklands area of Manchester, won the award following a rigorous selection process, which included a visit to the practice by judges for the Scheme.

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Jim Lafferty to chair BDA English Council

Jim Lafferty to chair BDA English Council
Dr Jim Lafferty, a general dental practitioner in Sheffield, has been elected as the inaugural Chair of the British Dental Association’s (BDA’s) new English Council. Dr Nilesh Patel has been elected to serve as Deputy Chair. Dr Patel is a general dental practitioner in Buckinghamshire and a former member of the BDA’s Executive Board.

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