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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Fluoridation of water must be at the heart of prevention

Fluoridation of water must be at the heart of prevention

The recent statement on prevention by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has been welcomed by Professor Lennon on behalf of the British Fluoridation Society. He has delivered recommendations for taking the strategy forward and is supported by the Hull and East Yorkshire LDC and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD).

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Mouth cancer cases rise by 135% - widespread ignorance of symptoms

Mouth cancer cases rise by 135% - widespread ignorance of symptoms

Cases of mouth cancer in the UK have more than doubled inside the last generation, yet an alarming number of people are still unable to identify the early warning signs and symptoms. Last year, more than 8,300 British adults were given the news that they had mouth cancer.  This is an increase of around 135% compared with 20 years ago and the highest since records began.

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Principles of good complaint handling launched

Principles of good complaint handling launched

Leaders from 28 organisations across the dental sector have joined forces to launch a set of universal principles for good complaint handling. The six core principles provide a simple template for best practice, helping professionals and patients to get the most from feedback and complaints, for the benefit of all. They set out a clear picture of what patients can expect when providing feedback or making a complaint.

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Freakshakes should be banned and BDA seeks a way forward

Freakshakes should be banned and BDA seeks a way forward

The campaign group Action on Sugar is demanding a ban on freakshakes and all milkshakes with more than 300 calories. It surveyed milkshakes sold in restaurants and fast food shops in the UK and found they contained "grotesque levels of sugar and calories", with one containing 39 teaspoons of sugar or 1,280 calories. BDA hosts a ’sugar summit’ to open new front on the war on sugar.

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Government urged to protect dentists from rising costs of clinical negligence

Government urged to protect dentists from rising costs of clinical negligence

Dental Protection is calling on the Government to introduce a package of legal reforms that would protect dentists from the spiralling cost of clinical negligence claims. Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection said: “It is not unusual for the costs awarded to claimant lawyers to be significantly higher than the damages paid to the patient.”

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NASDAL Goodwill Survey shows a divided nation

NASDAL Goodwill Survey shows a divided nation

Last week saw the release of the latest practice goodwill statistics from the NASDAL (The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) survey released. Perhaps rather aptly for the current political climate, the survey for the quarter ending 31st July 2018 shows a divided country with a huge disparity in practice goodwill values.  

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