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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Two opinions on the NHS

NHS dentistry should be made up of private and Government funding, Michael Watson argues. Two opinion pieces of significance crossed my radar last week, not on dentistry specifically, but on the NHS in general. One was from Roy Lilley, a well-known commentator, who describes himself as the NHS’s biggest cheer leader. He described the week … Continued

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NHS needs to take action on oral cancer

If the NHS really wants to tackle oral cancer, it needs to decisive action, Michael Watson says. November is the Oral Health Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, and it was officially launched last week at the House of Commons. More than 75 people from across 40 organisations attended the event sponsored in Parliament by Sir Paul … Continued

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Thoughts on the Christie & Co report

Money raised from clawback should go straight back into dentistry and not used to prop up other areas of the NHS, Michael Watson says. Last week Dentistry.co.uk reported on the launch by Christie & Co of its first report on the UK dental market, covering pay rates and staff shortages, which is to be reviewed … Continued

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The NHS cannot do everything for everyone

The Government needs to be honest with the public and say NHS dentistry cannot do everything for everyone, Michael Watson says. ‘Government is quietly shifting costs of public services on to individuals. ‘Where Government can get people to pay directly for services – from garden waste to legal aid – it is increasingly doing so.’ These … Continued

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Disillusionment sets in early for young dentists

Older members of the dental profession should do more to protect young graduates entering dentistry, Michael Watson says. Last week Dentistry.co.uk published an article headlined: ‘Dentistry degrees offer best value for money’. It said that a Yougov survey found that 62% of students believe the standard of education and wages graduates earn don’t warrant the … Continued

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What are the facts about FICTION?

Michael Watson explains what happened at the BSPD conference and the findings of the FICTION trial. Last week’s conference of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) in Dundee had been headlined as an opportunity to see the results of the FICTION (filling children’s teeth: indicated or not?) trial. Most of these were produced by … Continued

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Is a two-year check up the answer?

If the NHS wants to create a financially viable way of keeping dental spaces in appointment books it will need a change in culture, Michael Watson says. Last week Dentistry highlighted a call by Kirklees Healthwatch for patients with healthy teeth to only visit the dentist once every two years. It believes such a move will … Continued

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BDA and its Benevolent Fund

What on earth is happening at the BDA, Michael Watson questions. Last week, as a member, I received an email from PEC chair, Mick Armstrong, about proposed changes to the Benevolent Fund’s rules, which he described as taking it away from its ‘democratic roots’, isolating it from its major supporters and potentially damaging its ability … Continued

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New dentists in Lincolnshire

The Government should be reconsidering the flawed economic model of the current dental contract, Michael Watson argues. When I worked at the BDA, all those many years ago, the Department of Health was obsessed about how many dentists worked in London and big cities and how few were practising in Lincolnshire. Of course, location was all … Continued