Iniquities of tax demands on NHS pensions debated by MPs

Iniquities of tax demands on NHS pensions debated by MPs

A Westminster Hall debate on NHS pensions was introduced by Sir Robert Syms, Conservative MP for Poole. He said the current policy of reducing tax-free allowances and introducing a taper to the annual amount that can be claimed has devastating implications for the NHS, dental services and many other services in this country unless it is addressed by the Government.

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Wrong-site blocks removed from 'never events' list

Wrong-site blocks removed from ’never events’ list

The BDA has welcomed the removal of wrong-site blocks as a ’never event’. Dentists will no longer have to report giving a local anaesthetic at the wrong site as such. NHS England and NHS Improvement have agreed to this change, which the BDA believes is the correct approach and will put an end to the unnecessary and highly stressful investigations associated with never-events.

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Dentist struck off after dog bites inspector’s leg

Dentist struck off after dog bites inspector’s leg

Dentist Aileen Hopkins has been struck off after one of her three dogs, which she kept at her surgery, bit an inspector’s leg. A GDC report said: ‘Two of the dogs were aggressive and staff told us that they do not like people.” All three were found under the reception desk as officials probed 57 complaints about safety and hygiene at the South Way Surgery in Newhaven, East Sussex.

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Dental profession applauds local authorities taking forward water fluoridation

Dental profession applauds local authorities taking forward water fluoridation

The LDC Conference this year unanimously approved a motion applauding those local authorities taking forward water fluoridation. Simon Hearnshaw, a dentist who works for Health Education England, and who put forward the motion, said: “To have this kind of unanimous response from dentists highlights just how strongly we all support fluoridation of water and want to see the oral health of our young patients improve.”

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Oral Health Foundation publishes guidelines for denture adhesives

Oral Health Foundation publishes guidelines for denture adhesives

The new recommendations have been launched to combat the current lack of guidance that exists for full denture wearers about the correct use of denture adhesives. The research project reinforces the role denture adhesives (and fixatives) play in having ‘best-fitting’ dentures.  Such benefits include better retention and stability, improved confidence and comfort and reduction or elimination of food debris beneath the denture.

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Simplyhealth Professionals launches annual tooth brushing campaign

Simplyhealth Professionals launches annual tooth brushing campaign

Simplyhealth Professionals is launching its annual tooth brushing campaign as research reveals one in five children only brush once a day. Their recent research shows that almost one in five children (18%) only brush their teeth once a day, and 2% don’t even manage to brush every day. Furthermore, almost a quarter (24.7%) of five year olds have tooth decay, meaning that one in four children will start school with decay – as reported by Public Health England.

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BDA calls for ‘dental revolution’ in care homes

BDA calls for ‘dental revolution’ in care homes

The BDA has welcomed a new report from the CQC on the parlous state of plans, policies and provision for oral health in care homes; publishing its own analysis of official figures indicating funding is currently supporting access for as little as one in a hundred of those who, due to limited mobility, may require access to domiciliary services. They said that nothing short of a revolution in the approach to dentistry in residential homes is needed.

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Dave Cottam elected to chair GDPC

Dave Cottam elected to chair GDPC

Birmingham’s Dave Cottam has been elected Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee. He succeeds Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen who was elected to the European Parliament. He was previously Vice-Chair of the Committee and is succeeded by Vijay Sudra, who chaired the LDC Conference this year. He joins Shawn Charlwood, who remains as Vice-Chair.

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Global dental equipment market to grow by 4.5% annually

Global dental equipment market to grow by 4.5% annually

ReportLinker has announced that the global dental equipment market size is expected to reach US$ 10.47 billion by 2025, expanding annually at 4.5%. Key factors attributed to the growth include increasing demand for dental procedures owing to prevalence of dental disorders and rising awareness and demand for preventive, restorative, and surgical services for dental care.

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