‘NHS dentists’ not offering NHS appointments – says Which Magazine

Following their report into Dental prices and the ensuing campaign Which magazine has done more research into availability of NHS dentistry. I feel it’s about time that everyone involved with NHS dentistry embraced (to use the buzzword) candour. A whole dose of honesty is needed all round, from government through the profession everyone must beContinue reading “‘NHS dentists’ not offering NHS appointments – says Which Magazine”

David Starkey’s diary: Why don’t we celebrate the triumphs of private dentistry?

From The Spectator To the dentist. And for an extraction. I hadn’t had a tooth out in decades. But the twinges when I bit on a nut warned me that my problem molar — much abused by a badly fitted bridge in the 1970s — had finally given way. My usual dentist confirmed as muchContinue reading “David Starkey’s diary: Why don’t we celebrate the triumphs of private dentistry?”

Sir Humphrey was briefing the minister (episode 3).

Today’s Ezine. BDA slams GDC proposal to raise the annual retention fee by 64 per cent   The chair of the British Dental Association’s Principal Executive Committee, Mick Armstrong, met with GDC leaders this morning and expressed his alarm at the dental regulator’s plans for a 64 per cent rise in the annual retention fee.Continue reading “Sir Humphrey was briefing the minister (episode 3).”

BDA warns that dental degree students face study-related debts up to £60,000

Press release from the BDA – judging from my anecdotal evidence £60K is a modest estimate. I know it’s the same in every other country in the world but what are the new graduates faced with on graduation? The nightmare of FD1 selection. Having to jump through NHS hoops thus reducing their abilities to earnContinue reading “BDA warns that dental degree students face study-related debts up to £60,000”

Exchange it …Roy Lilley’s blog on the NHS Management

I spend most of my working life helping dentists, medics and other small business owners with their businesses. I firmly believe that you must have basic understanding of the way your business is supposed to run profitably else you will get into trouble. The repeated parachuting of celebrity business leaders into government organisations doesn’t seemContinue reading “Exchange it …Roy Lilley’s blog on the NHS Management”

Associate Status (quo or no)?

Like many observers (i.e. neither a principal nor an associate) I feel that the self employed (S/E) status of associates (particularly those on fixed contracts as NHS performers, taking little or no risk, not providing kit etc) is likely to be reviewed by HMRC sooner rather than later. I remember when the majority of hygienistsContinue reading “Associate Status (quo or no)?”

….basic British NHS dentistry….

In Ian Rankin’s most recent book, Saints of the Shadow Bible, the main character, Edinburgh detective John Rebus, is attending a post-mortem examination of what turns out to be a murder victim. The pathologist reports to him on the presence or absence of distinguishing features that might help identification. ‘No tattoos. No scars. No signsContinue reading “….basic British NHS dentistry….”

“Why do you keep mentioning the NHS, Alun?”

“Why do you keep mentioning the NHS, Alun?” Is one of the questions that I am asked. Main answer: because I have a longish memory and have read a lot about the evolution of the organisation that, to quote the Tory ex-chancellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson’s memoirs, “the nearest thing the English have toContinue reading ““Why do you keep mentioning the NHS, Alun?””

SDPC decision gives funding uplift green light

BDA PRESS RELEASE PR44.13 6 September 2013 SDPC decision gives funding uplift green light An agreed funding uplift for general dental practice across Scotland is to be implemented following a decision not to pursue a judicial review process that would have prevented the award being made. Following careful consideration of the potential consequences of acceptingContinue reading “SDPC decision gives funding uplift green light”

Dr Andrew Lawson: ‘If I’d relied solely on the NHS to treat me, I might well be dead’

I wrote in February this year “As Nigel Lawson said in his memoirs, the NHS is the closest thing that the English have to a religion and to criticise any part of it from altar boy to archbishop is tantamount to sacrilege. The Olympic opening hype didn’t help. I grew up  having fear but littleContinue reading “Dr Andrew Lawson: ‘If I’d relied solely on the NHS to treat me, I might well be dead’”