Secretary of state for health, Andrew Lansley, will address the 2011 British Dental Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 19 May, it has been confirmed this week.
Mr Lansley will speak at 11am on the first day of the event, which takes place at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex.
Delegates at the event will have the opportunity to hear first hand from Mr Lansley about major reforms to dentistry in England.
His appearance will come at a pivotal time for dentistry as pilots intended to develop a new dental contract begin.
Commissioning arrangements, too, will be in the spotlight, as discussions about the establishment of a new national commissioning board that would be responsible for dental care continue.
Mr Lansley is expected to participate in a question and answer session following his address, which replaces the previously advertised appearance by parliamentary under-secretary of state Lord Howe.
Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of the British Dental Association’s executive board, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming the Secretary of State to Manchester for the 2011 British Dental Conference and Exhibition.
Dentistry in England is in a period of transition that we hope will witness the replacement of the flawed 2006 dental contract with a system that works better for patients and dentists alike. Significant changes to commissioning arrangements that will see dentistry commissioned by a national board, rather than primary care trusts, proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill, are also being debated.
‘Dentists from across England attending the event will be keen to learn more about the Government’s proposals.’
The 2011 British Dental Conference and Exhibition will take place at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex from Thursday 19 May to Saturday 21 May. The programme includes renowned UK and international speakers including Raymond Bertoletti, Ken Harris, David Bartlett, Paul Lambrechts and Richard Simonsen. The keynote speaker is Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Grey-Thompson.
For further details and to book a place at the event, visit www.bda.org/conference.