NHS England announces chief dental officer’s retirement

Barry cockcroftToday (Friday 31 October) NHS England has announced that chief dental officer, Barry Cockcroft CBE, has decided to step down in early 2015.

NHS England’s national medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, said: ‘Barry has made a huge contribution to dental health during his time as chief dental officer, especially with the production in 2007 of the first ever guide to evidence based prevention in primary care, Delivering Better Oral Health, which is still in print.

‘His leadership and commitment over many years has significantly improved dental services for patients.’

So that an orderly transition can take place, the recruitment of a new chief dental officer has already started.


  1. 1

    Apologies if the profession do not share a tear!!! He ruined NHS dentistry and as for the assertion that oral health is improved and better accessed, simply false
    No,Barry’s legacy is a failed contract and worsening dental disease for the nation

  2. 2

    I think too these comments by the good Professor are a rosy view indeed of Barry’s legacy. I wish Barry well in retirement and hope his successor has the balls to properly deal with the deteriorating situation in NHS dentistry. He was between a rock and a hard place and chose to take the government shilling.

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