GDC sends reminder about lab work

A year after changes laboratory work were introduced the General Dental Council wants to remind dentists and technicians about their responsibilities. Patients who are provided with a dental appliance must be offered a copy of the statement of manufacture. A record should be kept of whether or not the patient chooses to accept it. If the patient doesn’t accept a copy, the dentist must keep the statement for the lifetime of the appliance.

 


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First successful prosecution for tooth whitening

In the first case of its kind, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a non-dentist for performing tooth whitening.. In London 48 year old Paul Hill pleaded guilty practising dentistry. He has been ordered to pay a total of £6,265 in fines and his company has been ordered to pay a total of £6,765. The amounts include costs of £5,500 for the GDC.


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NASDA sees some good news for dentists in budget

George Osborne’s Budget brought a modest amount of good news for dentists, according to the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDA). Mr Osborne confirmed that he regards the 50 per cent personal tax rate as a temporary measure and a few high earning dentists who have incorporated are likely to welcome the reduction in tax payable on profits.


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CQC seeks to reassure dentists

The Care Quality Commission has sought to reassure dentists that have submitted a valid application to them, but not yet received a decision, will be considered as ‘in process’. This means that they can continue to operate without the threat of prosecution by the CQC. They will only take action against a provider during this transitional phase if they think the public is at risk.


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Goodwill value falls to 84% of turnover

Goodwill as a percentage of fee income for sales was 84 per cent and for valuations it stood at 90 per cent according to the latest survey by the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDA). This compares with nearly 100 per cent this time last year. There was no significant difference on the location of the practice or whether it was mainly private or NHS.


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NASDA advises associates who have incorporated

The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDA) has issued a warning to those associates who have incorporated that they cannot be a member of the NHS Pension Scheme. This advice from NASDA’s superannuation sub-committee does not affect the majority of associates who have not incorporated (become limited companies in their own right).


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Dentists’ profits reduced or static in 09/10

The net profits of dentists in the financial year 09/10 were either reduced or static compared to the previous year according to the annual statistics released by the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDA). There was a relatively small increase in fee income – from £379,054 to £390,072. However, increases in materials and staff costs resulted in an overall reduction in net profit,


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New panel members appointed by GDC

The General Dental Council (GDC) has appointed 51 new Fitness to Practise panel members have now joined the GDC. Ten dental care professionals (DCPs) were appointed along with 19 dentists and 22 lay members. They’ve been slowly introduced since the end of January this year and will sit on the Interim Orders, Professional Conduct, Health, Performance and Registration Appeals Committees.


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New bacterium involved in childhood caries discovered

Researchers at the Forsyth Institute in the USA have made a significant discovery about the nature of childhood dental disease. The studies identified a new pathogen connected to severe early childhood caries. The bacterium was present in the mouths of children with severe early childhood caries when other known pathogens such as Streptococcus mutans were not detected.


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