Campaign launched to prevent unnecessary extractions

Julian Webber and other leading dental professionals have launched the Saving Teeth Awareness Campaign - www.savingteeth.co.uk - to provide information to patients who have a tooth infection that could result in tooth loss. The campaign was prompted by the widespread lack of awareness amongst patients that many teeth can be saved by root canal therapy.


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NHS dental charges to rise in England

Regulations have been laid to increase NHS dental charges in England from 1 April 2011. The charge for a band one course of treatment will increase by 50p from £16.50 to £17. For a band 2 course of treatment it will increase by £1.40 from £45.60 to £47. The charge for a band 3 course of treatment will increase by £6 from £198 to £204. These fees are deducted from NHS payments to dentists, so the rise is a further increase of taxation of patients who pay for their NHS dental treatment.


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Shropshire dentist struck off

A Shropshire dentist who broke wind around patients has been struck off the Dentists Register for misconduct. The ban takes immediate effect. Matthew Walton, 35, found it ‘funny’ to break wind next to colleagues when they were trying to eat their lunch. The hearing was also told he also went behind the chair to make V-signs, as well as offending patients by demanding to see their cash before starting treatment.


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Scotland's protection scheme starts

Scotland’s Children’s Minister Adam Ingram has confirmed that Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme goes live on 28 February 2011. The Scheme had been due to start last November but Ministers took the decision to postpone its introduction to ensure the system which supports it is fully fit for purpose and robust.


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NHS Charges in Wales frozen again

The cost of seeing a dentist will be frozen at its 2006 level, Welsh Health Minister Edwina Hart has announced. She said “By freezing dental charges in Wales for the fifth year running, we are maintaining access to NHS dentistry for the people of Wales, ensuring charges remain affordable and in doing so helping to tackle oral health inequalities.


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NHS access continues to improve - slowly

The NHS Information Centre has published its latest figures on access and treatment. For the fifth consecutive quarter, the number of patients seen has exceeded the March 2006 baseline; when the current dental contract was introduced. A total of 28.9 million patients were seen, an increase of 2.7 per cent on 2006. The percentage of the population seen by an NHS dentist, at 55.8 per cent, is equal to the March 2006 level.

 


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Time for common sense to prevail: Susie Sanderson BDA

The General Dental Council (GDC) has decided to postpone a vote on whether dentists should be able to continue using the ‘Dr’ courtesy title so that an impact assessment can be carried out allows proper consideration of the issue. Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of the BDA’s Executive Board, said: “The GDC’s decision to defer its vote on this issue affords time for common sense to prevail.”

 


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GDC should stop wasting resources says BDA

The General Dental Council (GDC) must prioritise its role in protecting the public and stop wasting time and resources on whether dentists should be allowed to continue using the courtesy title ‘doctor’, the British Dental Association (BDA) has argued in a letter from chief executive, Peter Ward, to the GDC today. The letter has been sent ahead of a meeting of the GDC’s Council on Thursday (24 February 2011), which is due to consider a recommendation by GDC’s Standards Committee that dentists no longer be permitted to use the courtesy title.


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