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 devolution in Manchester means to me

Greater Manchester is home to a bold experiment. Since 1 April last year, a £6 billion Health and Social Care budget has been devolved to the region and all of us at senior level have responsibility for helping to achieve the fastest possible improvement in the health and well-being of the 2.8 million who live here. Improving children’s oral health: we have our work cut out The process has b... »

Mouth cancer rates in Wales are soaring: dentists can help

Public Health Wales has recently highlighted that mouth cancer rates in Wales are continuing to rise sharply; and worryingly many are not being diagnosed until the later stages. We know that dentists can play a vital role in detection of oral cancers, and evidence tells us that survival rates can rise from 50% to 90% if the conditions are detected early. In Wales, 854 people were diagnosed in 2012... »

Oral cancer rates in Scotland are rising: what can dentists do?

New stats from Cancer Research UK are highlighting the fact that oral cancer rates across the UK are soaring and we know that Scotland has a shocking problem when it comes to cancer mortality rates: Scotland has the highest compared to the rest of the UK. The European age-standardised oral cancer incidence rates for both men and women are significantly higher in Scotland, 16.8 per 100,000 compared... »

Tackling the rise in oral cancer, one consultation at a time

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month. It’s a month of focus to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the disease among the public and importantly among health professionals to spot the disease and those most at risk. Dental professionals are uniquely placed to help tackle the current rise in oral cancer rates. A coordinated effort addressing prevention, public awareness and early recognition a... »

GDP incomes: the numbers

This week NHS Digital revealed the latest official figures on GDPs earnings and expenses. The numbers for 2014/15 aren’t a million miles from where they were in 2013/14. So is our profession finally turning a corner? Well the short answer is no. We’ve taken the long view. What these figures show is that associates and practice owners in England and Wales have seen taxable income fall by 35% in rea... »

What’s the key factor to success in dentistry? Effective communication

If I was the Warren Buffett of dentistry and someone asked me what is a key factor in making a dentist successful, I would say, communication, communication, communication! “Dentists are scary,” ‘‘dentists take pleasure in inflicting pain,’’ “dentists are greedy” and, most recently, “foreign dentists cannot communicate in English.” These are just some of the statements we see coming out of the pre... »

Prevention zero: the watered down obesity plan fails our children’s teeth

Did you know that the UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe, and levels are still rising? That’s a shocking fact, and yet, despite this, the Government has chosen to launch the long-awaited obesity strategy with zero mention of curbing the problem of the marketing and promotion of sugary food and drinks to consumers. For oral health, we are particularly concerned about the problem ... »

Bad Dental Press

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the press. Headlines such as “The great dental rip-off” making front page news, and the case of Desmond D’Mello accused of 56 misconduct charges at the GDC is also making headlines. The Times investigation was a series of three dental articles published in the paper on Saturday 6 August 2016. Further on in the paper they discussed Mr D’Mello, whose case likely... »

Patients are the ones who suffer when dentists try to ‘make it work’

From a personal perspective, the 2006 contract penalises me financially when I take over the care of a patient with high needs. The greater the need, the higher the cost to my business. I feel this is unfair to me as a professional and unfair for my patients. Also the nature of the “course of treatment” means that I am pretty much obliged to do any and all treatment regardless of my ab... »

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