A million schoolboys will still be denied HPV vaccination

A million schoolboys will still be denied HPV vaccination

The FGDP(UK) has reacted with dismay to the government’s decision to deny immunisation against human papillomavirus (HPV) to a million schoolboys, while welcoming the ‘great news’ that 12 year old boys will finally start getting the HPV vaccine this year. But FGDP Dean, Ian Mills commented that the decision not to offer a catch-up programme “is wrong-headed and will lead to more needless deaths.”

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Minister gives assurances on healthcare supplies post-Brexit

Minister gives assurances on healthcare supplies post-Brexit

Health minister, Stephen Hammond MP, has given an assurance that the Government’s ‘no deal’ EU Exit contingency plans for 31 October will cover the NHS, social care and the independent sector and include all medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables, supplies for clinical trials, vaccines and countermeasures, and organs and tissues for transplants.

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Dental Protection responds to Government proposals on GDC reform

Dental Protection responds to Government proposals on GDC reform

Almost two years since the Department of Health and Social Care launched the consultation on ‘promoting professionalism, reforming regulation’, the Government has published its response, with limited details or specific timelines. But Dental Protection has some reservations. Dental Director Raj Rattan said they were concerned that the Government has not set out clear details on what they will do next and when

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Hygienist lays down his scalers after 61 years

Hygienist lays down his scalers after 61 years

The Watford Observer has reported that Kenneth Walter has retired at the age of 80 after 61 years in practice, having qualified as a dental hygienist in1958. He worked at Pentonville, Wandsworth and Holloway prisons and in various practices up and down the country, most recently working at Smith and Luck surgery in Bushey.

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Portsmouth access crisis reaches Commons

Portsmouth access crisis reaches Commons

During Health Questions in the House of Commons, Portsmouth MP Stephen Morgan said ‘thousands’ of his constituents would be left without access to (NHS) dental care because three practices in the city were closing. The BDA has also published a blog by Eddie Crouch who said the city no longer had a single practice that could accept new NHS patients. 

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Government climbs down over patient charge fines

Government climbs down over patient charge fines

Following an appearance by BDA’s Charlotte Waite before the Public Accounts Committee senior health officials have acknowledged they would be abandoning the ’fines first’ policy when entitlements to free care are in doubt. The failed NHS fines regime that has hit millions of innocent and often vulnerable patients with penalty charges, a point made forcibly to the Committee by Dr Waite.

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Simplyhealth hires new Director of 50/50 Dental Partnerships

Simplyhealth hires new Director of 50/50 Dental Partnerships

Simplyhealth has hired a new Director, Richard Halley, to run their 50/50 dental partnerships division and lead the growth of this business area. Richard Halley has joined from Mercer, where he was based in Sydney, providing consultancy advice to a number of Australia’s largest employers. He previously worked for Simplyhealth for four years from 2005 to 2009, when he was Head of B2B and Dental Sales.

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Scotland endures long waits for hospital dental treatment

Scotland endures long waits for hospital dental treatment

Figures publicised by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show that the number of people enduring “agonising waits” of more than 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment in Scotland has soared. Of the 5,064 people on the waiting list at the end of March, 1,139 (22 per cent) had been waiting longer than 12 weeks, according to Scottish parliament data.

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BDA reveals ‘access crisis’ for NHS patients in Wales

BDA reveals ‘access crisis’ for NHS patients in Wales

Only one in six dental practices in Wales are offering treatment to new adult patients on the NHS, according to research by the BDA, which is campaigning for a change in the way dentists are paid. This is causing an "access crisis," they said But The Welsh Government said it was disappointing that BDA Wales had failed to recognise the significant changes they were making as part of “on-going dental contract reforms".

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