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Chief dental officer Barry Cockcroft suggests that good news in dentistry does not a story make

When I joined the Department of Health in 2002, I had no idea of the range, complexity and sheer diversity, of the issues chief professional officers have to deal with. In the last year alone, we have worked on issues in Europe affecting dental amalgam, the mutual recognition of professional qualifications and tooth whitening, on top of lots of significant issues at home.

We are carrying out an intensive period of piloting to inform the development of a new dental contract based on registration, capitation and quality, and have also had to make sure that dentistry and oral health are appropriately placed within the new structures which make up the reformed Health and Care system. 

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