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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The things patients want!

According to the Chicago Dental Society the strangest request any of their members had received was: ‘Can you give my dog braces?’ It surveyed more than 300 members to find out the strangest dental requests they'd ever received from patients. The survey was conducted for the Chicago Dental Society's 146th annual Midwinter Meeting, this February 24-26.


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Call for dentists to be ‘fined’ in Wales

Dentists in Wales who refer patients to more than one orthodontic waiting list to try and get them seen sooner should be fined. So says Jonathan Morgan AM chair of the National Assembly’s Cross-Party Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee. Its report calls for fines to be introduced for practitioners who persistently make duplicate or inappropriate referrals, to avoid clogging up the system.


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Implants and injectables set to show growth

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), a market intelligence group in Canada, dental procedures such as implants and ‘facial injectable’ are set to show growth over the next five years in North America. The aesthetic and dental areas have consistently shown greater than average growth, according to MRG. Dental implants will show a growth of nine per cent and facial injectables 12 per cent, both driven by consumer demand for anti-ageing treatments.

 


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