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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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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