henrik overgaard-nielsenHenrik Overgaard-Nielsen has been re-elected as chair of the General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) at the BDA.

Dave Cottam has been re-elected as the vice chair, alongside newly elected Shawn Charlwood.

The GDPC has been developed to represent and promote the interests of dentists in all types of general practice, and works to improve communication between them, enabling coherent policies to be developed and promoted on behalf of the profession.

‘I am honoured to have been re-elected as chair of GDPC,’ Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen said.

‘This profession continues to face huge challenges.

‘In England and Wales colleagues continue to work under the cosh of a contract that stifles prevention.

‘Across the UK hard-working dentists face a toxic mix of underfunding and overregulation, with terms and conditions under constant attack.

‘Official indifference can hurt both this profession and our patients.

‘I have made it my business to ensure that the voice of GDPs is heard by government and in the media, and we will continue to ensure they appreciate the necessity to pick up the pace on reform.’

New members of the executive are Shiv Pabary and Leah Farrell, with Nick Stolls and Nilesh Patel both re-elected.