Michael Watson, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Author at Dentistry.co.uk

Michael Watson qualified 50 years ago and started his career in the Royal Army Dental Corps. Retiring in 1979 he set up a general dental practice in Manningtree. In the 80s he became secretary of the GDPA and was the first editor of its journal the General Dental Practitioner. Moving to the BDA in 1991 he spent the rest if his career as a political adviser and editing BDA news. Since retiring he has continued writing and is a regular contributor to dentistry.co.uk and Dentistry magazine along with being the news correspondent for both. Michael now spends more time at a time-share on Gran Canaria and reducing the kid’s inheritance on cruise ships.
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All change in dentistry next year

How will technology change the way we work in the distant future, Michael Watson questions. The changing ways in which we bank, more online and telephone banking, was brought into sharp focus for customers and staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland with the news of significant branch closures. At the same time advances in technology … Continued

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Is the Government limiting access to NHS dentistry?

It might not be long before the Government starts recommending annual check ups for those with good oral health, Michael Watson says. Last week an investigation by The Times that showed that in 24 English local authorities, dentists can only take on private patients. The study also found that 49% of practices currently cannot take on new … Continued

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What can the NHS provide under the latest Budget?

With the latest budget leaving little available for NHS dentistry, what effect would spending cuts have on treatments, Michael Watson asks. In his budget, the chancellor, Philip Hammond announced an immediate £350m boost for this winter followed by £1.6bn more next year for the front line, above the rise already planned. The extra money announced … Continued

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Jimmy Steele’s legacy in dentistry

Michael Watson discusses the impact Jimmy Steele had on dentistry, after the news of his premature passing broke last week. Last week we learned, with sadness, of the premature death of Professor Jimmy Steele, aged only 55. He was the former head of Newcastle University’s Dental School and had worked there since 1989. Jimmy had worked on the … Continued

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Are the claims about dental fraud accurate?

Are the claims of dental fraud amounting to £120.7 million by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority accurate, Michael Watson questions. This week is International Fraud Awareness Week, in case the news passed you by. This event has not escaped the attention of the newly formed NHS Counter Fraud Authority, which started work with a great … Continued

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Wake-up call for MPs on childrens’ oral health

Michael Watson reports on the Westminster debate last week about childrens’ oral health. MPs received a wake-up call on the dire state of childrens’ oral health last week during a debate in Westminster Hall. The proposer, Steve McCabe Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, had been well briefed by the British Dental Association (BDA) as had many … Continued

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Quota of NHS dental treatments

The 2006 dental contract removes any incentive to take on new patients, Michael Watson says. The departing medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has warned that hospitals are failing to tackle ‘significant safety problems’, which can cause death or disability. He blamed this on the absence of any central NHS system, which could order … Continued

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BDIA Showcase – a generational gap

Is the future of dentistry optimistic or all doom and gloom, Michael Watson questions after this year’s BDIA Showcase. Last week meant a trip to the NEC in Birmingham to visit the BDIA Showcase, which gave me the opportunity to meet in person those at Dentistry who I more often meet via email – thank … Continued

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Dentistry fifty years on…

Michael Watson reminisces about how dentistry has changed in the 50 years since the BDA has moved to Wimpole Street. Having qualified in 1965, I was invited to a ‘do’ at the BDA to celebrate the 50 years since it moved to Wimpole Street and was opened by the Queen. The BDA Museum is showcasing dentistry … Continued



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