Budget gives support for the economic impact of Covid-19

Budget gives support for the economic impact of Covid-19

The Chancellor of the Excequer, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, has presented his first budget to MPs, barely a month after being appointed. In the words of BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, he opened a ‘very large cheque-book’ and signalled an end to austerity. Nick Ledingham, Chairman of NASDAL and Director at Specialist Dental Accountants, Morris and Co, tells GDPUK how this budget could affect dentists.

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BDA tells the Review Body the facts about NHS dentists’ pay

BDA tells the Review Body the facts about NHS dentists’ pay

The BDA has given evidence in person to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), based on members’ views who were asked to provide the evidence on pay and morale. Eddie Crouch and his team stressed dentists’ recruitment crisis, low morale, access problems for patients, delays in paying the DDRB award and below inflation pay increases leading to under-funding of NHS dentistry.

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Deputy CDO updates Covid-19 advice for dental teams

Deputy CDO updates Covid-19 advice for dental teams

Deputy Chief Dental Officer, Eric Rooney, has issued a letter to dentists and their teams to update them on what is happening, to share some key resources and ‘how we plan to communicate with you’. He says that as part of their preparedness plans, they ‘will continue to develop advice and plans to support dental practices’. He gives the example of guidance on face mask supply set out in the letter.

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NASDAL publishes advice on tax for associates

NASDAL publishes advice on tax for associates

Alan Suggett, Partner at UNW LLP and Media Officer of NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) has said, “there have been several inaccurate statements recently published in relation to the change in tax rules being introduced with effect from April 2020”. To those Associates who have been worried about how the upcoming changes in IR35 will affect them, NASDAL have created a flowchart to see if and how the new IR35 will affect you.

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Dental Protection celebrates first women in dentistry

Dental Protection celebrates first women in dentistry

International Women’s Day – celebrated 8 March every year- aims to, among other causes, honour the achievements of women throughout history and across the globe. Dental Protection, which currently has over 155,000 female members around the world, is proud to support women in healthcare across the world and has today unveiled information about its first women members.

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Wrong site intra-oral block has been removed from NHS England’s list of Never Events.

Wrong site intra-oral block has been removed from NHS England’s list of Never Events.

The FGDP(UK) has recently publicised this change, which was recommended last year by a joint NHS England – NHS Improvement working group, and while the definition of the ’wrong site surgery’ category of Never Event includes wrong site block for pain relief, ‘local anaesthetic blocks for dental procedures’ has been added to the list of exclusions.

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Dental practice is held vicariously liable for independent dentist’s treatment

Dental practice is held vicariously liable for independent dentist’s treatment

An article by Hill Dickinson highlights a recent judgement which, they say, has the potential for far-reaching implications for the dental profession and how dental services are provided. A dental practice has been found to owe a non-delegable duty of care to an NHS patient and be vicariously liable for the associate dentist’s treatment.

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Scandal unfolds over Finest Dental closure

Scandal unfolds over Finest Dental closure

The scandal of patients left in the lurch and dentists left unpaid following the liquidation of Finest Dental continues to grow. GDPUK has monitored an increasing number of reports from those involved which raise serious issues that should concern the General Dental Council, who have a statutory obligation to both regulate the profession and protect patients.

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Updated advice for dental practices on treatment of patients with COVID-19 issued

Updated advice for dental practices on treatment of patients with COVID-19 issued

NHS England has recently published standard operating procedures for COVID-19 in primary dental care settings. This lays down the procedures to be carried out if a patient is suspected of having the virus. The BDA has also issued advice to its members on procedures to be adopted.

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