The Monday Morning Quote #618

“The Purpose of getting power is to give it away.”

Aneurin “Nye” Bevan

The Monday Morning Quote #647

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

John Kenneth Galbraith

via “How to be a Complete and Utter F**k Up by Steve McDermott (possibly the best self-help book ever written – but then again, possibly not)

Why the Uber decision isn’t the end for self-employed Dentists

As usual the sky falling in faction in UK dentistry have taken the High Court’s decision in favour of the Uber Drivers as the signal that the floodgates will open and this is the end for all self-employed associates.

In my opinion this should lead to more dental principals, associates, therapists and hygienists becoming more careful about their positions, taking advice from their financial and legal advisers and ensuring that their positions are secure and transparent.

As the Financial Times reported, “The judgment, however, rests on specific facts about the relationship between Uber and its employees. The court asserted that Uber set maximum fares, drivers had no say in their contracts and the application imposed penalties if drivers cancelled too many requests. This level of control meant drivers could not increase their income using “professional or entrepreneurial skill”, the court concluded, meaning they worked for Uber and not themselves.”

In the case of associates there are, or at least there should be, opportunities to increase their income through, “professional or entrepreneurial skill”. If there is not then of course their situation might attract the attention of HMRC. More to the point if there is no variation, no risk and no opportunities then there has never been a genuine argument about self-employed status.

This has been rumbling and gaining momentum since the introduction of fixed UDA contracts in 2006 and both sides (Providers and Performers) have been allowed to let things to roll on, hoping that nothing will change.

Of course, much of what is spoken on forums, and social media is opinionated and not valid, but it has put the wind up younger associates, many of whom are wrestling with the implications of Covid to their professional lives.

The advice remains the same. If you are an employer or principal ensure that anyone and everyone  who claims self employed status has that claim supported by their accountant in writing at the start of every financial year. In turn if you are an individual claiming to be self employed there is a responsibility to work with an accountant who understands the variations of dental employment status and will support your claim.

Meanwhile both sides should be careful what they wish for.

And of course there had to be one of these.

The Monday Morning Quote #646

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

Steven Covey (via Dave Winer)

The Monday Morning Quote #645

“Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present.

There is each person as they sees themselves, each person as the other person sees them, and each person as they really are.” 

William James


The Monday Morning Quote #644

“The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living”

Plato, Apology 38

Dave Grohl in the FT

From Saturday’s FT. I always enjoy “The Inventory” section in the weekend magazine but this one more than most. I thought I would share.

The Monday Morning Quote #643

“People change best by feeling good, not by feeling bad.”

B.J. Fogg


Across the UK, dental placement coordinators are opening wide and saying “argh”

Top of the list of PSRBs’ worries is placements. DfE may have opened up campuses for some students, but across professions many urgently need practical experience in the workplace. Some professional environments are difficult to make Covid-secure while maintaining learning outcomes. Dental clinics, with their close contact and air-flow infrastructure, are one example. Across the UK, dental placement coordinators are opening wide and saying “argh”.


The Monday Morning Quote #642

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’
Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’
Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’
But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right”

Martin Luther King Jr

The Monday Morning Quote #641

“Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.” 

William Shakespeare

It does no good to overthink things, especially those things that you cannot control, yet we often do or try to. I often think about the above quote from Hamlet, coupled with the advice from Carl Richards, shown below:

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