£28million extra cash for 120,000 more patients

Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has announced an additional £28 million of funding for dentistry in order to ‘increase the number of people able to access an NHS dentist’. The Department of Health said that 820,000 more people had already been given access since May 2010. The extra funding will, it is claimed, enable an extra 180,000 to be seen bringing ‘the number of extra people now able to access an NHS dentist to one million’.

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MP calls for investigation of private dentistry

Speaking in a debate on the PIP breast implants, Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant suggested that laser surgery clinics to the list of places to be investigated. He also wanted the Secretary of State to look into private dentists, ‘many of which are encouraging patients to undergo operations that they certainly do not need’

 

 

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Child decay levels will be public health indicator

Cutting tooth decay in children, along with preventing cancer and the population weighing less, are just some of the challenges local councils will be able to track their progress against when they take over looking after the health and well-being of their residents, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced.

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Goodwill remains high in NHS practices

The average dental practice sale value has increased according to the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) survey for the quarter ending 31 October 2011, standing at 107% compared to 90% in the previous quarter. This percentage figure reflects the significant number of practices with NHS contracts changing hands.

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John Milne retains GDPC chair

John Milne, from Wakefield West Yorkshire threw off a challenge from Eddie Crouch and was re-elected as chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee. He has held the post for three years and has been closely involved with the Department’s pilots for a new GDP contract. The election is by members of the Committee and the result was Milne 36, Crouch 21.

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"Premature" to forecast insufficient training places: Cockcroft

The Chief Dental Officer (CDO), Barry Cockcroft has confirmed that it is the Government’s ‘intention’ to see that sufficient DF1 places are funded to match the number of students forecast to graduate from dental schools in England this year. He did however concede that last year 21 UK graduates were left without places .

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New dental engineering service launched

Paul Youds and Paul Sutcliffe have set up iDenUK as a membership based organisation for the benefit of both its members and suppliers, whilst giving the dental professional the ability to obtain local quality engineering support. The company has the resource of more than 70 engineers all within a short distance of the customer’s needs and with specialists in certain fields able to travel that extra mile to give the customer the best.

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COPDEND claims success despite widespread concerns

Despite widespread criticism of the new dental foundation recruitment exercise, Chris Franklin Professor COPDEND Chair says he was very pleased with how well the process had gone. Of the 1109 students who attended interviews, 182 (16.4%) were unsuccessful and even if they graduate this year, may never be able to work as a dentist in the NHS. Professor Franklin said he understood that the uncertainty caused may be ‘unsettling’.

GDPUK understands that the DF year is also viewed internationally as part of the qualification process for UK dental graduates, and the lack of this training place will affect the long term careers of young unemployed graduates.

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SimplyHealth buys Denplan business from AXA

Denplan managing director Steve Gates announced the sale by AXA of the Denplan business and brand to SimplyHealth. The letter can be seen by clicking here This news is being discussed [GDPUK members only] in the GDPUK forum following an announcement there by Denplan's Chief Dental Officer, Dr Roger Matthews

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