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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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

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Just how bad does it have to get?

Michael Watson details exactly what’s going wrong in NHS dentistry and what the Government needs to do to resolve it. Over the past year we have observed a war of words over NHS dentistry, in Parliament, the media including national and local newspapers, the dental press and social media. The reaction of Government has been to … Continued

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Pressure builds on Government over sugar

Stronger action is required if the nation is to tackle the childhood obesity and tooth decay crisis, Michael Watson says. Last week two events caught my eye, in reference to childhood obesity and tooth decay. The first was a report from Public Health England on progress, or rather lack of it, in achieving its target set … Continued

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Has outsourcing had its day?

The 2006 dental contract doesn’t work from a financial and business structure, Michael Watson says. Last week dental news was dominated by the BDA Conference and Dentistry Show, which according to all I read did fantastically well. I excused myself and am thus in no position to comment. News outside dentistry was of course dominated … Continued

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A reason to smile

Lets support dentistry’s brand, the smile, and get behind National Smile Month, Michael Watson says. So here we are, beginning of National Smile Month, and some clever researchers come up with the idea that smiling makes you look older. According to a report in The Times the ‘misconception’ that smiling makes people look younger is … Continued

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Steve Brine MP responds to NHS dentistry questions

The Department of Health is no longer in charge of NHS dentistry, Michael Watson claims. If there is one date in English history that ‘everyone’ knows, it is 1066, the battle of Hastings. For dentists though, 2006 when the new contract started is a more likely candidate. That was also the year when the then … Continued