Failure to diagnose oral health conditions can prolong patients’ stay in hospital

Failure to diagnose oral health conditions can prolong patients’ stay in hospital

The British Dental Association (BDA) has called for better oral health care for patients admitted to hospital, as new research shows a lack of oral health training among junior doctors could be impacting on patient care and jeopardising recovery times.  Peter Dyer, BDA chair of hospital dentists, said:  “Dental care for inpatients, particularly the elderly, must be recognised better in our hospitals.”

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Campaign to alert patients to the dangers of ‘DIY Ortho’

Campaign to alert patients to the dangers of ‘DIY Ortho’

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and Oral Health Foundation have announced their plans for a national campaign to warn patients about the risks of direct to consumer orthodontics – also known as DIY Orthodontics. It will advise patients to visit a trained clinician so that they have the various options open to them explained.  The website is to be launched in December 2019.

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Denplan becomes Denplan again

Denplan becomes Denplan again

Simplyhealth has announced today that their market leading dental payment plans, Denplan, will be revamped under the new brand name of ‘Denplan, Part of Simplyhealth’ to further support the company’s strength in the healthcare marketplace.

As part of this brand refresh, Simplyhealth are re-introducing the famous Denplan apple as part of the logo, which has instant recognition and significance with both dentists and patients and highlights their expertise in preventive oral healthcare.

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Dental therapists: keen to be a gateway to dentistry services for NHS patients

Dental therapists: keen to be a gateway to dentistry services for NHS patients

Dental therapists are qualified, capable and committed to the NHS but are unable to work to the fullest of their capabilities. This is the key message from  the British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) in its submission to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee which has initiated an inquiry into dentistry services.

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Ministers refusing to let go of NHS fines regime

Ministers refusing to let go of NHS fines regime

The BDA has expressed grave concerns that the DHSC is backtracking on pledges to break with its discredited policy of automatically fining patients accused of ‘misclaiming’ free NHS dental care. Charlotte Waite, Chair of the BDA’s England Community Dental Services Committee said: "Vulnerable patients will keep turning away from check-ups as long as Ministers refuse to let go of their failed fines policy.” 

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Government launches consultation over NHS pensions

Government launches consultation over NHS pensions

The Government is consulting on a new set of proposals to offer senior clinicians more control over their pensions growth, so they can continue to provide the services that patients need. They say that senior NHS clinicians are concerned that pension tax charges are making them retire early or change their working habits.

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Allow more time to respond to allegations says Dental Protection

Allow more time to respond to allegations says Dental Protection

Dental Protection, while welcoming the GDC’s proposal to allow more time to provide information in fitness to practise hearings relating to a clinical concern, is calling for an extension to also apply to non-clinical cases. Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection said: “We have been working with the GDC to introduce a range of reforms that will speed up the overall investigation process.”

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‘Was not brought’: a new toolkit for missed appointments

‘Was not brought’: a new toolkit for missed appointments

The British Dental Association (BDA) has launched a new toolkit to support safeguarding of children and young people who miss appointments, often for reasons beyond their control. Charlotte Waite, Chair of the BDA’s England Community Dental Services Committee said: “This new pathway is an important step forward to keeping children and young people safe.”

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Botox treatments may be subject to VAT

Botox treatments may be subject to VAT

Botox treatments should be taxed as a vanity treatment and not permitted to be tax-free as a medical therapy a court ruled last week. In a precedent-setting first-tier tax tribunal judgment, a judge ruled in favour of HMRC in its case against a southwest London skincare clinic, Skin Rich, that had provided injections without paying VAT. But this probably won’t apply to dentists offering such treatments.

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