LDC Conference voices widespread concerns in the profession

LDC Conference voices widespread concerns in the profession

The 2019 Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees took place in Birmingham last week. The motions put forward showed a wide range of dissatisfaction with the NHS and the 2006 contract, as well as low morale and concern about the mental health of dentists. The Conference was also addressed by French dentist Marco Mazevet, economist Stephen Tidman and special advisor, Paul Batchelor.

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Four dental honours are in Queen’s Birthday list

Four dental honours are in Queen’s Birthday list

Richard Welbury, professor of paediatric dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire and Professor Jason Leitch have been appointed CBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Fiona Ellwood, founder and patron of the Society of British Dental Nurses, and Julie Fountain, long-standing Trustee and Programme Co-ordinator of Teeth Team receive the BEM.

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GP practices closing causing access difficulties

GP practices closing causing access difficulties

Analysis of replies to Freedom of Information requests submitted to all local NHS areas in the UK by Pulse, the magazine for GPs, suggested 367,937 patients were displaced from their (GP) surgeries last year, forcing them to make longer journeys to see a GP. Earlier this year the BDA reported that 1 million new dental patients were unable to access NHS dentistry, ‘as recruitment and retention crisis mounts’.

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BDA Museum given memorabilia of noted oral surgeon

BDA Museum given memorabilia of noted oral surgeon

Peter Dyer, past-president of the BDA, has reported on the BDA Museum’s recent acquisition of a collection of items from the family of Eric Cooper, who had been the consultant dental surgeon in the Morecambe Bay district from 1951 to 1974 and who was a prisoner-of-war in Colditz. They form the basis of a new temporary exhibition.

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Ireland is ‘losing dentists’through lack of specialist training

Ireland is ‘losing dentists’through lack of specialist training

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s dental faculty has warned that Ireland is losing dentists it has trained to other countries through a lack of dental specialist training in the Republic. It says that many dentists training to become dental specialists are forced to travel abroad to study because Ireland has no formal mechanism for State-sponsored training.

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No shortage of dentists says Government committee

No shortage of dentists says Government committee

The Migration Advisory Committee has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List, adding veterinarians, web designers and architects, but significantly not dental practitioners. This was despite evidence from the BDA that many practices were having trouble recruiting and from the GDC that a third of European graduates might be leaving in the next five years. The Home Affairs Committee has also called on Government to protect EU citizens rights to work in UK

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Research condemns charcoal toothpastes

Research condemns charcoal toothpastes

New research suggests charcoal-based dentifrices may increase the risk of abrasions, contribute to tooth decay and fail to whiten teeth. The BDA’s Prof Damien Walmsley said they offer ‘no silver bullets’ and come with real risks attached. He told those tempted to use them: "Don’t believe the hype. Anyone concerned about staining or discoloured teeth that can’t be shifted by a change in diet, or improvements to their oral hygiene, should see their dentist."

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Henrik stands down as GDPC chair following his election as MEP

Henrik stands down as GDPC chair following his election as MEP

Following the election of Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen to the European Parliament, the BDA has announced that he is standing down from the chairmanship of its General Dental Practice Committee. A new chair will be elected at a meeting on June 19. Co-Vice Chairs Shaun Charlwood and Dave Cottam will be covering his responsibilities in the intervening period.

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Dental contract ‘not working’ says Welsh Assembly health committee

Dental contract ‘not working’ says Welsh Assembly health committee

Some NHS dentists are being discouraged from taking on patients in poorer parts of Wales because of how they are paid, an inquiry has found. Paying dentists the same regardless of the amount of work involved "makes little sense," said Dai Lloyd, assembly health committee chairman. He said current contracts "aren’t working" and a fresh start is needed.

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