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NHS dentistry in Wales: Where does the clawback money go?

New investment in NHS dentistry in Wales is welcome, but how does it square with up with the money lost from clawback? Katrina Clarke, Chair of the BDA’s Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, looks behind the headlines. The BDA’s response to the recent announcement by the Welsh Government Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that £1.3m would be invested in NHS dentistry, was sceptical... »

Getting your ducks in a row: how changes to the state pension might affect dentists

With news that the Government is proposing a change to the State Pension age from 67 to 68, our new Head of Pensions, Phil McEvoy, takes a look at how this, and other changes, may affect dentists and what you should do. Everyone knows pensions are a long term game. We as individuals have responsibilities to make provisions for our old age, and we also have justifiable expectations that Government ... »

The BDA needs you! Elections 2017

Elections. We’ve had our fair share. But come September there will be elections for the BDA – and how does this relate to you as a young dentist, I hear you ask? Well, you can help elect members of all of the craft committees, the BDA Councils (organised by country level) and for five members of the Principal Executive Committee, which operates as the board of the BDA. Or you could also step up an... »

MPs try their hands at the dental drill

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry and Oral Health – a forum for Parliamentarians interested in oral health, for which the BDA provides a secretariat – held their latest event in Parliament on 12 July. In a change from the serious panel discussions so typical for APPG events, this informal interactive drop-in, entitled “Do you have what it takes to be a dentist?”, promoted a po... »

Reading the small print…

Today’s GDC registrants’ newsletter highlighted the findings of a recent case which included consideration of the adequacy of the registrant’s indemnity provision. The policy contained some exclusions relating to the transmission of blood-borne diseases. It was that exclusion that led the panel to conclude that the policy did not fulfil Standard 1.8 within the GDC Standards for the Dental Te... »

The one per cent solution

Every NHS dentist in Britain has felt the impact of the public sector pay cap. Now, after seven years we could be seeing some progress. Ahead of the Queen’s Speech, together with representatives of over a million NHS staff, we told the Prime Minister it was time for a change in direction. Our calls went unheeded, but we are keeping up the pressure. And this week we’ve joined again with our colleag... »

What does the UK election mean for young dentists?

Elections seem to be en vogue right now. It’s not long since we had a general election, there has been an independence vote in Scotland, and also the now ‘infamous’ Brexit vote in the UK. The Americans have had theirs too, and France is due to have the second round of their presidential vote. And now, to top it, off we’ve got our own snap UK general election, announced to take place on 8 June. So,... »

A week is a long time in politics

A snap election raises very specific challenges for this profession. Certainly those of you expecting to join us at our conference in Manchester to hear Health Minister David Mowat outline the government’s priorities for oral health may be left disappointed. The unexpected outset of pre-election purdah means all such appearances have to be canned. Of course the impact goes far beyond speaking enga... »

See you later regulator

Like or loathe Tony Blair you can’t escape the fact that when he was the PM, he memorably claimed his priorities for government were ‘education, education, education.’ Similarly, when we asked dentists what their watchword is, they’ve been just as clear. It’s regulation, regulation, regulation. A recent analysis of the most extensive member research the BDA has undertaken in decades confirmed that... »

British Dental Journal

British Dental Journal’s top 10 articles open to all

The British Dental Journal (BDJ) has once again been crowned the UK’s most-read dental publication by dentists and remains one of the leading scientific journals in the world. To mark the journal’s long-standing popularity, its 10 most-read articles from 2016 will be available for non BDA members to get their teeth into from now until May. Dentists ranked the journal as the most preferred jo... »

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