Peter Ward to stand down from BDA next year

Peter Ward to stand down from BDA next year

Peter Ward, British Dental Association Chief Executive of 14 years has announced his retirement from March 31, 2020. He said: “Serving as Chief Executive of my own profession’s representative association has been the greatest honour of my working life.” Martin Woodrow will continue as Acting Chief Executive until a permanent appointment is made.

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Barcode celebrates its fortieth birthday

Barcode celebrates its fortieth birthday

The first UK barcode scan took place on October 2, 1979, at Keymarkets in Spalding, Lincolnshire. On the 40th anniversary of the barcode in the UK, it is scanned more than 70,000 times around the world every second. Today the barcode is used across healthcare, including hospitals, saving the NHS billions.

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The clock is ticking – BDIA Dental Showcase is nearly here

The clock is ticking – BDIA Dental Showcase is nearly here

BDIA Dental Showcase, one of the industry’s most eagerly awaited events, is just around the corner. There’s still time to register to join thousands of dental professionals on 17-19 October at Birmingham NEC for three days of innovation, insight and inspiration. To register free for BDIA Dental Showcase and benefit from all these unmissable features, visit dentalshowcase.com/register

Read more: The clock is ticking – BDIA Dental Showcase is nearly here

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GDC starts seeing sense with ARF

GDC starts seeing sense with ARF

Dentists around the UK have celebrated a drop of nearly a quarter in the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) Annual Retention Fee (ARF) for dentists, following its recent consultation on its three-year strategic plan.

The new rate of £680 is broadly in line with where the ARF would have been had it only increased in line with inflation since 2014, when fee levels leapt from £576 to £890.

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Eastman Dental Hospital moves to new £100 million building

Eastman Dental Hospital moves to new £100 million building

The new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals has opened.  All Eastman Dental Hospital services are now based at the new facility and the hospital site on Gray’s Inn Road is closed to patients. The £100 million hospital is one of the biggest specialist centres in Europe for dental, ear, nose, throat, hearing and balance services.

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BDA warns of teething products that could put infants’ health at risk

BDA warns of teething products that could put infants’ health at risk

The British Dental Association (BDA) has urged parents to be on alert, as new research has revealed that 9 of the 14 teething products licensed for use in the UK contain sucrose, alcohol and/or lidocaine, all of which have potential harmful side effects. There is little evidence that the products are actually effective in reducing teething pain.

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Severe gum disease linked to 49% higher risk of hypertension

Severe gum disease linked to 49% higher risk of hypertension

Medical News Today reports on a study linking periodontal disease with hypertension. A new review now argues that the more severe the form of gum disease, the higher the risk of hypertension. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 47.2% of people aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, and about 32% of all adults in the United States have hypertension.

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Labour promises to scrap prescription charges in England if it wins power

Labour promises to scrap prescription charges in England if it wins power

But not dental charges. The move would bring England into line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where they are free.Currently, prescriptions cost £9 per item in England. But there was no mention in shadow minister, Jonathan Ashworth’s speech of dental charges or indeed NHS dentistry.

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Committee says rules for free dental treatment need to change

Committee says rules for free dental treatment need to change

In an excoriating report the Public Accounts Committee says that confusing rules for claiming free prescriptions and dental treatment need changing. Chair Meg Hillier MP said: “Patients find it very confusing to understand whether or not they can claim free prescriptions or dental treatment because of a convoluted system that causes patients, in some cases, distress.”

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