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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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

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NHS dentistry in meltdown

There are not enough people working on dentistry at the Department of Health and Social Care, Michael Watson says. Recently this site published a story about the thousands of patients who cannot see a dentist at the UK’s largest provider – Mydentist. It looks as though the NHS dentistry meltdown that I forecast in a blog six … Continued

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Absolute trust

Michael Watson explains why the Gordon Pate case and the role of the GDC is so important. One hundred and forty years ago, Parliament passed the necessary legislation to set up a register of those entitled to call themselves ‘dentists’. Although at that time you could still ‘practice’ dentistry without being registered, provided you did … Continued

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Free at the point of delivery

The NHS hasn’t been ‘free at the point of delivery’ since it was barely 15 months old, Michael Watson argues. Last weekend the ‘Our NHS is 70’ event took place in London and was supported by the British Medical Association (BMA), who took part in a march to Downing Street. BMA treasurer and Cardiff GP, … Continued

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Taking the pulse

The NHS needs to make a clear statement over what it will and what it won’t provide, Michael Watson says. Kevin Lewis described the Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees as providing ‘a useful finger on the pulse’ of NHS dentistry. So a couple of weeks ago I was on my way to Stansted airport … Continued

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Dental manpower crisis

Direct access and more therapists are required to solve the staffing crisis in dentistry, Michael Watson says. At the end of last week, the Home Office announced that doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on skilled worker visas. There will therefore be no restriction on the numbers of doctors and nurses … Continued