Neel Kothari

Neel Kothari

Author at Dentistry Online

Neel Kothari is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in implant dentistry. Neel works in Cambridge and has written a number of articles in support of the profession during the very turbulent past few years.
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10 steps back to practice after COVID-19 – PPE

Neel Kothari explores the different options of PPE available to practices and the dental team as they look to reopen. Let me start by making a small admission – before lockdown I had almost forgotten the word ‘doffing’. I had also forgotten that using a fast handpiece was regarded as an aerosol generating procedure (AGP). In my opinion, the cross infection … Continued

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The impact of coronavirus on dental employment

Neel Kothari speaks to specialist dental solicitor Sunil Abeyewickreme about the impact of coronavirus on industry employment matters. Sunil held the position of senior legal adviser to the British Dental Association (BDA) between the years of 2004 to 2008. In 2010, he became a partner in a national law firm and was later responsible for … Continued

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Has referring for NHS care become a postcode lottery?

Is referring for NHS care unnecessarily complicated and problematic, Neel Kothari questions. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a gradual creep towards referring for NHS care via online platforms. The process varies regionally, but increasingly involves referring for NHS care to a nameless, faceless and often difficult to contact central team instead of a … Continued

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Don’t be a ‘golden goose’

Neel Kothari is unconvinced by the CQC’s explanation for its fee rise for the dental sector and suggests industry leaders should challenge it The news that Care Quality Commission (CQC) fees for the dental sector are to rise by 13% has been met with dismay by industry heads, with dental leaders uniting to overwhelmingly condemn … Continued

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Is the CQC in breach of its own guidance?

The dental profession needs to robustly challenge the CQC for its fee rise rather than just be seen as a ‘golden goose’, Neel Kothari says. The recent news that Care Quality Commission (CQC) fees for the dental sector are to rise by 13% has been met with dismay by industry leaders with dental leaders uniting to overwhelmingly condemn … Continued

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What is appropriate (indemnity) cover?

Current inquiries into indemnity cover may have far-reaching effects on dental indemnity, Neel Kothari says. Recently NHS England informed dentists of a contract variation to the NHS dental contract. Variations are needed from time to time to keep up with matters like legislative changes, but these documents tend to be a laborious read and are often … Continued

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The amalgam quandary

Could the phasing out of amalgam force some dentists into ‘unethically’ claiming more UDAs, Neel Kothari questions. For years NHS dentistry has been founded on the principle that patients should be afforded functional restorations and that taxpayers ought not to contribute towards cosmetic enhancements. Like all rules this is frequently broken, but the standard bearer … Continued

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Are single-use dental items a burden on the environment?

The dental industry needs to ask itself whether it’s time to stop using single-use plastics, Neel Kothari says. For some time now, the dental profession has tacitly accepted that single-use plastic items are superior to their reusable counterparts, despite the logical inconsistency that at the point of use, reusable and autoclavable items have been through … Continued

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Why we ought to consider ‘employment’ status for some dental associates

Dentists should be involved in the argument over the employment status of associates, Neel Kothari says. By now some of you may be aware of reports that HMRC has recently written to several dental associates indicating that they are reviewing their employment status. The initial responses from dental associations and accountancy groups has been one of … Continued

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Should we split claims to maximise UDAs?

The current ambiguous NHS system leaves ethically-minded dentists carrying the burden, Neel Kothari argues. One of the most debated topics in NHS dentistry is exactly what’s included within NHS dentistry. Unfortunately, getting dentists to agree about how a legally ambiguous system should be interpreted is an unlikely prospect, leading many to treatment plan out of … Continued

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Are ethical dentists underclaiming on the NHS?

The ambiguous wording of the NHS contract could leave many dentists underclaiming to err on the side of caution, Neel Kothari says. Over the past few years many, including myself, have highlighted the disgraceful situation where some dentists have been able to claim ludicrously high UDA amounts without raising alarm bells. However, what seems immensely underreported … Continued

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Do associates have a right to maternity and paternity?

The profession needs more education on the rights of associates, particularly when it comes to maternity and paternity rights, Neel Kothari says. A while back I came across an interesting debate on social media regarding an associate who was unsure of her working rights during maternity. As the thread went on it became clear that … Continued