Kevin Lewis, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
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Needs must

Does the NHS require special treatment, Kevin Lewis questions. The long-term dilemma of finding a way to fund the NHS has reared its ugly head yet again. The circle that successive Governments have found impossible to square for 70 years is apparently to become a case for special treatment itself. The notional pledge to secure … Continued

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Knowing me, knowing you

Kevin Lewis discusses the potential impact of the new GDPR. It may be time to re-write the old saying: ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. As from 25 May, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) descends upon us all, it’s more a case of who you know, what you know about … Continued

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A split decision

The additional money raised by the sugar tax is just going to go back into Government hands and not help dentistry, says Kevin Lewis. So, after all the huffing and puffing, the sugar tax became a reality earlier this month. Introducing this without any clear and substantive steps being taken in advance of its implementation … Continued

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You pays your money and they takes their choice

Kevin Lewis looks at how the GDC sets the annual retention fee. My shameless misquote in the above title requires my apologies to whomever first came up with the original line ‘you pays yer money and you takes yer choice’. Its first recorded use was as a caption to a Punch cartoon in the mid-19th … Continued

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Close encounters of the fourth kind

The Department of Health and Social Care has missed an opportunity by repeating exactly the same model in the next wave of prototypes, Kevin Lewis says. There’s no mistaking the irritating sound of a can being kicked down the road, especially after more than a decade of hearing the same can being kicked down the … Continued

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Smoke, mirrors, and sleight of hand

As the Government helped to push Carillion towards collapse, could it be doing the same for NHS dentistry, Kevin Lewis asks. The Carillion story has to some extent gate-crashed the traditional midwinter NHS party. This is the time of year when the NHS’s valiant efforts to claw its way through the most demanding months of … Continued

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Coming of age

Kevin Lewis explains why a royal college is so important for dentistry as FGDP looks to become independent. The year 1992 was a defining year for UK general dental practitioners in many different ways. Those readers who were around may recall that it was in the July of that year that the gross fees paid … Continued

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All wrapped up

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, Kevin Lewis looks back at 2017. By my calculation this is the 37th consecutive year that I have written a December column either for this publication, or for another one that I used to write for until 11 years ago. You can’t re-use the same yuletide puns … Continued

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Pre-emptive strikes

Fraudulent claims by ‘imaginary’ patients aren’t the fault of NHS dentists, Kevin Lewis says. Climate change may be making it difficult to work out what season we are in these days, but there is one sure-fire way to tell that the Christmas holiday period and the depth of winter (however deep that proves to be) … Continued