Consultation on indemnity cover launched

Consultation on indemnity cover launched

The Department for Health and Social Care has announced a consultation into indemnity cover for healthcare professionals who are not covered by existing or proposed state-backed schemes. They say that there are concerns that the current arrangements could prevent patients getting appropriate compensation and put healthcare professionals at risk of being personally liable for the costs of claims.

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Matt Hancock says he will listen

Matt Hancock says he will listen

Speaking in the House of Commons, Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care promised that before Christmas, the Government would bring forward a long-term (10 year) plan for the NHS and outline how the additional funding promised by the Chancellor would be spent. Answering questions, he said he would listen to suggestions to get (the dental contract) right.

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Benefits claimants hit by fines

Benefits claimants hit by fines

Community Health Councils in Wales have reported that benefits claimants are being put off going to see a dentist due to confusion over what free treatment is available and have said the system needs to change. Some patients have faced £100 fines after wrongly filling in claim forms. The Welsh Government said it was considering simplifying the process.

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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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