Southampton given go-ahead for fluoridation

A High Court judge has rejected a final appeal against the decision not to allow a judicial review of claims that the Strategic Health Authority failed to properly assess arguments against the proposals before giving them their unanimous backing. Campaigners have admitted they have reached the ‘end of the road’ in their legal bid to stop fluoridation in Southampton.


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GDC tells the profession to keep equipment up to date

The British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) has reminded practices about a warning given by the General Dental Council (GDC) to keep equipment up to date. This follows disciplinary hearings involving complaints about failure to maintain equipment properly and failure to retain proper written evidence of maintenance and certification for use.


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Do you have any hand instruments you no longer use?

Then bring them to Showcase in October. In order to address the need for dental instruments in developing countries, the BDTA has announced that the instrument amnesty will be returning. The BDTA is linking up with Dentaid to encourage the dental team to donate their unwanted hand instruments at this year’s exhibition.


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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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