Rob Merrick, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
Rob Merrick

Rob Merrick

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Warning after teething treatments cause 10 deaths

Parents have been told not to use US-made homeopathic teething treatments after claims they are to blame for the deaths of 10 children in America. British health officials issued the warning after a US investigation also linked the tablets and gels to 400 cases of seizures and other reactions in youngsters. Symptoms can include difficulty in … Continued

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Labour calls for investigation into GDC’s spending

The National Audit Office should investigate the General Dental Council’s hefty legal and PR bills, the government has been told. Labour called for Parliament’s watchdog to step in after the regulator was criticised for high spending during a recent whistleblowing enquiry and grilling by a committee of MPs. The British Dental Association revealed that the … Continued

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Time-limited contracts slammed

Dentists’ leaders have attacked George Osborne’s plans for ‘time-limited’ contracts and demanded urgent talks. The British Dental Association (BDA) reacted with alarm to a surprise Treasury proposals to impose limits on new agreements in order to trigger greater competition between practices. A document released by the Chancellor described the current, timeless contracts as a system … Continued

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Osbourne promises ‘a better deal’ for dentistry

George Osborne has included NHS dentistry on a hit-list of professions where customers deserve ‘a better deal’. The Chancellor attacked ‘opaque and confusing’ dental charges, ‘inaccurate information’ about treatments and ‘rigid regulatory controls’, which restrict patient choice. A 25-page ‘blueprint for a better deal’ put dentistry alongside everything from mobile phones, broadband, water bills and … Continued

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Seven-day NHS debate

A seven-day-a-week NHS should not be introduced just to help people with ‘busy lives’, a senior Conservative MP told ministers. Sara Wollaston, the chairwoman of the Commons Health Select Committee, said a case could be made for a seven-day NHS if it cut weekend deaths and unnecessary hospital admissions and improved quality. But, during a … Continued

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Private dentists are more motivated than NHS dentists

Dentists would be happier if they ditched NHS work and treated only private patients, a striking Government analysis suggests. The study – into ‘motivation and morale’ – also found that dentists are least satisfied about their pay, when ranked alongside questions about ‘recognition’, ‘equipment’, ‘challenge’ and ‘progression’. Overall, providing-performer dentists in England and Wales were … Continued