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NHS England announces chief dental officer’s retirement

Today (Friday 31 October) NHS England has announced that chief dental officer, Barry Cockcroft CBE, has decided to step down in early 2015. NHS England’s national medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, said: ‘Barry has made a huge contribution to dental health during his time as chief dental officer, especially with the production in 2007

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As GDC backs fee rise, BDA says: ‘We’ll see you in court’

The British Dental Association (BDA) has reacted to news that the General Dental Council (GDC) is set to press ahead with a 55% rise in its annual retention fee for dentists. The news comes as the BDA has announced that its application for a ‘rolled-up’ judicial review proceeding against the dental regulator has been granted.

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Roman Britain had healthier gums than people today

People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than people today a new study has shown. A team at King’s College London and the Natural History Museum, found only 5% of adults had gum disease in the Roman era, pre-toothbrush. Gum disease has risen to nearly one in three people today with smoking and type

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An opportunity to brush up on your skills and learn more about oral cancer

Following fresh warnings about the dangers and legal implications of missing oral cancer in patients, it’s never been more important to ensure you have all the skills and knowledge you need to detect this potentially fatal disease early. In support of Mouth Cancer Awareness, the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) is pleased to offer an

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GDC in ‘unacceptable’ bid for inflated fees says BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) has accused the General Dental Council (GDC) of cynicism in its response to the legal challenge initiated by the BDA. The GDC has argued that there is no need for urgency as it intends to start drawing fees from dentists during November and the judicial review, even if fast-tracked, will not

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John Milne’s verdict…one year on

Little progress has been made on three key issues facing dentists in the 12 months since pleas were made to a health minister. That is the downbeat verdict of the British Dental Association, one year after it took its concerns to the Conservative party conference, holding face-to-face talks with Dan Poulter. Dr John Milne, the