Minister announces 62 pilots

The Government has now officially announced that the new contract pilots will start in ‘the summer’. 62 practices will trial new ideas based on registration, capitation and quality. “For the first time dentists will be paid for the quality of the treatment they give rather than the number of treatments provided”, Health Minister Lord Howe said..


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Lib Dem political adviser threatens to quit

Norman Lamb MP a close adviser to Nick Clegg has threatened to resgign unless changes are made to the proposed overhaul of the NHS. He said the plans posed a major ‘financial risk’ to the NHS, and patient care could suffer. He is currently the Lib Dem leader’s chief political adviser but before the election was the party's health spokesman in opposition.


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Jerry Read receives awards from Faculties

Jerry Read, Head of Oral Health and Dental Education at the Department of Health, was honoured by the Faculty of Dental Surgery and the Faculty of General Dental Practice at their joint Diplomates Ceremony held on 1 April 2011, receiving a Special Service Award to recognise his outstanding contribution to the faculties and to dentistry as a whole.

 


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Cost is a barrier to dental treatment

According to the latest Adult Dental Health Survey just over a quarter (26 per cent) of adults say the type of dental treatment they have chosen in the past has been affected by the cost of the treatment. In addition almost a fifth (19 per cent) said that they have delayed dental treatment for the same reason. There is some overlap between the two groups.


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Lansley to address BDA Conference

The Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, is to address British Dental Conference and Exhibition at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex on Thursday May 19. Mr Lansley is expected to participate in a question and answer session following his address, which replaces the previously-advertised appearance by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Howe.


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GDC to visit Wales

The General Dental Council (GDC) will hold an event for dental professionals working in and around Cardiff on May 25 at St David’s Hotel, starting at 6pm. Anyone interested in coming along is being urged to reserve their spot by booking online at www.gdc-uk.org Those attending can claim two hours of verifiable CPD for taking part in one of two workshops on offer.


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Come back PCTs – all is forgiven

The Health Select Committee, chaired by former health secretary, Stephen Dorrell, has reported on commissioning in the light of the Health Bill, which has been put on hold by the Government. The committee recommends that the GP consortia should commission both primary and secondary care, including dentistry. They should however be enlarged to include other health professionals and be more accountable to the public. If this is accepted they will look very much like PCTs do now.


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DH suddenly delay pilots until summer

The new contract pilots, due to start on April 1 have been delayed until at least June/July. In a letter to participants David Lye from Dental Services at the Department of Health says that software will not be up and running until late May/June and it will then be necessary for PCTs to agree contract variations with their dentists.

 


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