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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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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Lies, damn lies and statistics

Michael Watson questions whether the recent BDA statistics about young dentists leaving the profession will have any effect. When you have been reading newspapers as long as I have, you will know that certain old favourites come up every year. Stories such as Christmas decorations going up in August, Easter eggs on sale in January, … Continued

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A free market economy in dentistry

The Government should allow a free market in dentistry, Michael Watson says. Last week saw the leaders of both the Labour and Conservative parties give their vision of the future direction of the British economy. In his conference speech, Jeremy Corbyn promised to take back the utilities into public ownership, introduce rent controls and pay … Continued

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Come fly with me

The current way of remunerating dentists means NHS dentistry isn’t reaching the population that mosts needs dental care. Imagine, if you will, a nationalised airline. The deal it is offered is that it will be paid a fixed sum for each scheduled flight, according to its length, not according to the number of passengers taking seats. … Continued

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How does working as a dentist now compare with previous generations?

With pay cuts, rapidly rising goodwill valuations and huge student debts, Michael Watson compares the dental working lives of millennials and previous generations. More than twice as many UK adults think young people will have a worse, rather than a better, standard of living than their parents, according to a poll by the new Resolution Foundation … Continued

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How long will the NHS ‘national disgrace’ continue?

How long will dentists be able to continue ‘choosing’ which patients they see, Michael Watson questions. The headline figures, published by NHS Digital last week, showed that 22.2 million adult patients were seen by an NHS dentist, (51.4%) and 6.8 million children (58.2%). These statistics were seized by the BDA who labelled them a ‘national disgrace’ … Continued

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What do GDC prosecutions mean for employers and NHS contracts?

If a dentist is prosecuted by the GDC, what does it mean for employers and NHS contracts, Michael Watson questions. A story caught my eye recently about a former dentist who allegedly treated 1,500 patients while unregistered. Eleni Kalamara pleaded guilty to five specimen charges of carrying out dentistry illegally following an investigation and prosecution … Continued

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Government’s war against childhood obesity

Dental practices and teams need support and funding to take the oral health message out from the dental practice, Michael Watson says. Public Health England (PHE) has announced what it calls the next stage of its ‘world-leading childhood obesity plan’. This contains plans to ‘consider the evidence, set guidelines and closely monitor progress on calorie reduction’. … Continued

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NHS accused of wasting money

If Professor Tim Briggs took a closer look at NHS dentistry what would he find, Michael Watson questions. A report in The Times last week caught my eye. It said that Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had endorsed a report that concluded the NHS is wasting money on poor care. The author, Professor Tim Briggs, an orthopaedic surgeon, … Continued



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