Basil the beagle calms patients

Basil the beagle calms patients

The Ipswich Star reports that Community Dental Services CIC, who operate eight clinics across Suffolk, have recruited Basil, a six year-old beagle, to offer comfort and distraction for anxious patients. Senior dental nurse, Jacci Plant, who is Basil’s owner, had the idea to train as a pet therapy practitioner.

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BDA slams Government inaction over children’s oral health

BDA slams Government inaction over children?s oral health

The BDA says child tooth decay epidemic needs more than unfunded gimmicks. The Association has slammed government inaction on children’s oral health, as the latest figures reveal 45,000 children and teenagers underwent procedures to remove teeth last year. BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: “Ministers have not put a penny of new investment into early years prevention.”

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Patients claiming free prescriptions will face checks

Patients claiming free prescriptions will face checks

Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud, which currently costs the NHS an estimated £256m a year. The new digitised system to be piloted next year will mean pharmacies can instantly verify who is entitled to free medication. Other measures will include a new drive to catch dentists who claim payments for services they have not carried out.

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Dentistry should be free for mouth cancer patients

Dentistry should be free for mouth cancer patients

The Oral Health Foundation is calling for free dental care for mouth cancer patients to combat the costs of ongoing healthcare that survivors are often burdened with, calling them a discriminatory ‘tax on cancer’. The charity estimates that mouth cancer sufferers could face dental costs of up to £1,500 over five years – around five times higher than that of the national average.

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Coca-Cola Christmas trucks to make fewer stops

Coca-Cola Christmas trucks to make fewer stops

Coca-Cola has scaled back its annual Christmas truck tour as resistance was growing to the company giving out free sugary drinks. Asda and Tesco have been urged to review their partnership with the tour. The BDA has urged Coca Cola to drop the spin on the ’healthy options’ offered on its Christmas tour - and says its sugar-free brands are more acidic than lemon juice and vinegar.

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Inexcusable delays on pay uplift place services in peril says BDA

Inexcusable delays on pay uplift place services in peril says BDA

The BDA has received confirmation that dentists in England will get a 1.68 per cent uplift in their December pay run which should be seen in early January 2019. BDA Vice Chair Eddie Crouch said: “Dentists are usually bitterly resigned to the late application of the contract in addition to the paltry amount being offered. However this year’s delays represent a new low”.

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Minister urged to extend HPV programme to boys up to age 18

Minister urged to extend HPV programme to boys up to age 18

Experts in the field of HPV and the diseases it can cause have written to the public health minister Steve Brine MP urging him to offer HPV vaccination to boys aged up to 18 as a catch-up programme. This would run alongside the vaccination programme for 12/13 year old boys which the government intends to rollout from September 2019.

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Ombudsman bids to take over NHS complaints

Ombudsman bids to take over NHS complaints

The Health Service Journal has interviewed, ombudsman Rob Behrens who told them  he would be arguing for changes to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s powers to allow him to launch investigations without a formal complaint and for the ombudsman to become a complaints standards authority with regulatory powers over the NHS.

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Sweets at the checkout – action needed

Sweets at the checkout ? action needed

The Obesity Health Alliance have carried out research on where supermarkets place products, which shows wide variation between them. The Alliance is calling on the Government to restrict the placement of unhealthy food and drinks in high profile locations in these stores to help families make healthier choices when shopping.

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