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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When should an NHS dental patient be paying for treatment?

After Labour announces it will remove check-up costs for the NHS dental patient, Michael Watson gives his thoughts on the move. Last week I read an article which put forward the unusual proposition that Labour favoured the middle classes. It cited the abolition of university tuition fees, which would benefit the graduate at the expense … Continued

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Dental contract reform – are we making progress?

Flexible commissioning with a new dental contract will allow dentistry to move outside of the dental practice, Michael Watson says. It was ‘sell-out time’ at deputy CDO Eric Rooney’s talk on GDS dental contract reform at BDIA Dental Showcase. Understandably dentists and their teams want to know what is going to happen to them and when. The … Continued

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What is the state of health care and adult social care in England?

Michael Watson reviews the CQC’s annual report – The state of health care and adult social care in England. The CQC report concluded that: ‘Most of the care that we see across England is good quality and, overall, the quality is improving slightly.’ Turning to dental services the report is positively glowing, in CQC terms. For the … Continued

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Therapists on the march

Michael Watson implores dental teams to come together and support therapists in working to their full scope of practice Six years ago, the General Dental Council issued its Scope of Practice document. It defined what each member of the dental team can or cannot do, and whether they can do this direct to patients or … Continued

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Will the government remove NHS dental charges?

Governments have neither the will, nor the resources, to remove NHS dental charges, Michael Watson says. Few connected with healthcare can forget the orgy of self-congratulation that accompanied the 70th anniversary of ‘our’ NHS last year. The 70th anniversary of the first NHS prescription charges gets no attention this year. Imposed in October 1949, prescription charges followed the … Continued

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Diabetes and oral health

Michael Watson reports on the latest publication from NHS England about diabetes and oral health. NHS England has recently published its Commissioning standard: dental care for people with diabetes, something I, as a type 2 diabetic, have been waiting for since I don’t know when. The document, Commissioning standard: dental care for people with diabetes, has been developed … Continued

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Government’s green paper and its potential impact on oral health

Michael Watson gives his thoughts on the recent launch of the government’s green paper. It must be unheard of for the release of a long-expected health green paper to arrive at 9.15pm from the Cabinet Office. But so it was on the final, frenetic days of Mrs May’s premiership. The science editor of The Times … Continued



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