Dentists must see tooth whitening patients first

The Council of the European Union has today approved a new regulations which will mean that products containing or releasing over 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide cannot be provided directly to the consumer. They will only be available to patients following an examination and a first episode of treatment provided or supervised by a dentist. This follows lobbying by many including the British Dental Association and the British Dental Bleaching Society.

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Dental Directory funds chair at Warwick

To celebrate its forty years in business, The Dental Directory is to fund a new Chair in Dentistry at the University of Warwick. The gift will establish a unique new UK Chair in dentistry which will focus on primary care. The University of Warwick boasts one of the country’s top rated medical schools which includes Warwick Dentistry.

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Goodwill values decline in last quarter

The sale value of the average dental practice has fallen in the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Solicitors (NASDAL) goodwill survey for the quarter ending July 31st 2011. It has dropped from 98% of turnover in the previous quarter ending April 2011 to 90% in the most recent collection of figures from NASDAL members.

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GDC holds retention fees for 2012

Dentists and Dental Care Professionals will see no increase in their registration fees in 2012 following a decision by the General Dental Council (GDC) says chief executive Evlynne Gilvarry. This means dentists will pay £576 by 31 December 2011 and dental care professionals £120 by 31 July 2012.

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Blow to Government fluoridation plans

Southampton City council has voted by 2-1 to oppose the fluoridation of its water supply. Earlier this year the local Strategic Health Authority (SHA) won the legal right to introduce the measure. It has also been announced that NHS North West has abandoned its plans to spend £200 million on a fluoridation consultation.

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Alison Lockyer’s resignation to be investigated

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), the regulator’s regulator is to investigate the General Dental Council (GDC). The Department of Health has written to CHRE and asked it to advise whether the GDC may be failing in any way to fulfil its statutory functions. The Department’s request follows concerns raised by the former chair, Alison Lockyer, on her resignation from the GDC.

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RADC colonel-in-chief dedicates memorial

The Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) has relocated its memorial stone to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. It was transferred to the Arboretum from Aldershot. An additional inscription has been added to its base plinth which reads: 'Dedicated to those who have served or are serving in the ADC and RADC. The rededication service was attended by RADC Colonel in Chief, HRH the Duchess of Gloucester.

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Alison Lockyer has GDC concerns

GDPUK has more exclusive news, gradually emerging from the mystery of the resignation of Dr Alison Lockyer from her role as Chair of the General Dental Council. Dr Lockyer has welcomed the news that the CHRE is to investigate the aspects of governance she raised.
After her resignation, Dr Lockyer wrote to the Health Secretary raising two specific areas of concern.

 

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CQC consults on fees for next year

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a consultation on fees. It proposes to reduce the fees in the middle bandings for dental services. Cynthia Bower, CQC’s Chief Executive, said: “At this stage we are only proposing some minor changes to the fees scheme. These will be the first steps in a longer term strategy for a scheme that we will develop in close cooperation with providers.”

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