Posts Tagged ‘BDA’

New British Dental Association survey highlights NHS recruitment issues

New British Dental Association survey highlights NHS recruitment issues

A new survey published by the British Dental Association highlights major issues related to the recruitment of NHS dentists. The most recent poll indicates that 68 percent of practices that have advertised vacancies have struggled to fill them. This represents a significant increase from 50% of practices in 2016-2017. Vice chair of the BDA, Eddie […]


BDA issues warning over dental access, as some patients face 70-mile journey to see an NHS dentist

BDA issues warning over dental access, as some patients face 70-mile journey to see an NHS dentist

The British Dental Association has issued a warning over access to NHS dental care, as patients in some parts of the country face a 70-mile journey to see a dentist. The BDA has warned that increasing pressure within the industry and low morale have made it difficult for practices to recruit dentists. A recent survey […]


Scottish Government scraps recommendations for 6-monthly check-ups in oral health shake-up

Scottish Government scraps recommendations for 6-monthly check-ups in oral health shake-up

The Scottish Government has scrapped recommendations for 6-monthly check-ups as part of a shake-up of oral health services. As part of a revamp of NHS dental services across the country, patients will not be advised to go to the dentist every 6 months, with new guidelines advising patients with healthy teeth and gums to wait […]


Number of children having teeth extracted in England rises again

Number of children having teeth extracted in England rises again

The number of children having teeth extracted in hospital in England has risen again. New figures show that 42,911 procedures were carried out in English hospitals in 2016/2017 compared to 40,800 in 2015/2016 and 36,833 in 2012/2013. In light of the news, the British Dental Association has labelled the government “short-sighted” and urged ministers to […]


Critics call for dental fines overhaul to protect vulnerable people

Critics call for dental fines overhaul to protect vulnerable people

Critics of the NHS’ current dental fines system have called for an overhaul to protect vulnerable people. Research shows that income from fines has increased significantly in the last decade, but bodies are worried that vulnerable people, including those with dementia and disabilities, are paying the price for honest mistakes. Research shows that the number […]


New Analysis Suggests Almost Half of NHS Dental Practices Not Accepting New Adult Patients

New Analysis Suggests Almost Half of NHS Dental Practices Not Accepting New Adult Patients

In what has been called an “emerging crisis”, the BBC has reported that 48% of 2500 dental practices on NHS Choices are not accepting new NHS adult patients, whilst 40% are not accepting new NHS child patients. NHS England have said that 95% of people seeking an appointment could get one, however the BDA condemned […]


Scottish health minister hails Childsmile initiative

Scottish health minister hails Childsmile initiative

The Scottish health minister, Shona Robison, has hailed the success of the Childsmile campaign amid concerns that standards of oral health are significantly worse in some areas of Scotland than others. Ms Robison said that nurseries and primary schools are helping to make a massive difference to children’s oral health in Scotland thanks to the […]


British Dental Association criticises ‘reckless’ budget cuts in Northern Ireland

British Dental Association criticises ‘reckless’ budget cuts in Northern Ireland

The chair of the British Dental Association in Northern Ireland, Rosyln McMullan, has criticised plans to cut £70 million worth of funding for health services. Ms McMullan, chair of the Northern Ireland Council of the BDA, slammed proposals to cut health budgets and said that the move “smacks of recklessness” given that GP services are […]


British Dental Association sets out “Six Point Manifesto” for Politicians this Election

British Dental Association sets out “Six Point Manifesto” for Politicians this Election

On 8th June, residents of the UK will go to the polls to vote for who they wish to lead the country. Many issues have been the prime focus, but the British Dental Association have created a six point plan to ensure oral health is not left out of the agenda and avoid “political indifference” […]


BDA Calls For Urgent Action to Stem Rising Tide of Childhood Decay

BDA Calls For Urgent Action to Stem Rising Tide of Childhood Decay

The British Dental Association has called for urgent action to tackle childhood decay in the UK. Leading dentist Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen was speaking following the publication of figures that suggest thousands of children required dental treatment in hospital last year. Mr Overgaard-Nielsen said it is well documented that decay is the most common reason for childhood hospital […]