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Invest in dentistry, governments urged

The British Dental Association (BDA) has called for UK governments to pay heed to the economic challenges facing NHS dentistry and maintain their commitment to patients and practitioners. The claims come in the wake of the recent report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre that highlights the scale of the difficulties faced by

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MPs may investigate the performance of the under-fire General Dental Council

The all-party health select committee could explore a scathing annual performance review into the General Dental Council (GDC) by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), Dan Poulter said. Now the British Dental Association (BDA) has suggested an ongoing supplementary inquiry by the standards authority could determine whether the MPs launch a probe. The select committee has recently

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The BDA reacts to the responses over the GDC’s ARF consultation

The data shows that 97% of respondents have rejected the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) proposed 64% annual retention fee (ARF) rise. A majority have also questioned the regulator’s justification for any fee rise, and the measures it has taken to cut costs. Over 4,000 individual respondents took part in the GDC consultation. The British Dental

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The GDC has updated its Investigating Committee guidance to improve fitness to practise processes

The General Dental Council (GDC) has confirmed that as part of on-going improvements to its fitness to practise processes it has updated its Investigating Committee (IC) Guidance Manual and Indicative Outcomes Guidance for the IC. These can be found on the GDC’s website, here and here. The updated IC guidance manual contains new guidance for pre-meeting discussions,

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GDC pushes back its ARF deadline to ‘consider the outcomes and some broader themes that have emerged’

Instead the GDC (General Dental Council) has pushed back that decision until 30 October – an extension of nearly seven weeks over what was originally proposed. The council will still be meeting on 18 September and ‘will consider the outcomes and some broader themes that have emerged about regulation and the handling of complaints in

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New chairman elected for lawyers group

The achievements of the NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) Lawyers Group include the development of a standard contract for the sale and purchase of dental practices. Founder of the London based law firm Lockharts, Andrew has specialised in healthcare issues for more than 30 years. His firm, of more than 20

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The GDC has given an ARF consultation update and moved the final report due date back

The General Dental Council’s (GDC) consultation on the annual retention fee (ARF) level closed on 4 September. The GDC has said it is very pleased with the number of responses received and the interest shown by registrants and stakeholders. In total 4,474 responses were received: Dentists – 3813 Dental care professionals – 381 Student dental professionals

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Department of Health urges GDC to justify ARF hike

Ministers said they did not normally comment on proposals made by the likes of the GDC, which it acknowledged is an ‘independent body’. But they pointed out that the Government had set out its position on professional registration fees as far back as a document put out in February 2011. This stated: ‘The department would

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Drop in Welsh children experiencing dental decay

The report, by the Welsh Oral Health Information Unit, which is based at Cardiff University and Public Health Wales, shows that since 2004-05, the proportion of children who have no tooth decay has risen from 54.9% to 64.0% in 2012-13. In 2013 in a class of 30 children, on average about 19 will have no