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Updates from week commencing 29 May 2023

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.


Friday 2 June 2023


Video: Monthly round-up

In our latest video CEO Martin Woodrow highlights the ways we've been supporting you throughout May.
You can read about the stories outlined in the video here:

  • In England, May brought the return of patients queuing outside practices in England to try to get NHS treatment. Meanwhile, the Westminster Government has persisted that the service is somehow on a road to recovery, a myth we have been busting
  • In Northern Ireland, we sent an open letter to the Permanent Secretary highlighting the significant pressures on all dental services
  • In Scotland, formal discussions have now commenced between the Government and the Scottish Dental Practice Committee on future fees for the revised statement of dental remuneration. Also, this month, negotiations with Scottish Government around pay for doctors and dentists in hospital training posts have led to a pay offer which the BDA and BMA have put to members for a consultative vote
  • In Wales, the Welsh Conservatives put forward a motion in a Senedd debate that dentistry was in crisis and action must be taken to reverse current trends. They called on the minister to work with us to increase access, highlighting our investigation last year.
We will keep you updated as we continue to push for progress on these areas and for meaningful, long-term contract reform.


Scotland: Increase to vocational training grant and emergency dental services fee announced

Following our calls, today sees the announcement of an increase to the Vocational Training Grant and Emergency Dental Services fee.

Publication of an amendment to the Statement of Dental Renumeration (SDR), Amendment No.160 will be available to view on the Scottish Dental website.


Scotland: MSPs call on government to take action on dentistry crisis

On Wednesday in the Scottish Parliament, we saw MSPs from the SNP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Labour Party call on the Government to take action to address the crisis facing NHS dentistry in Scotland.


Over the past month hundreds of dentists from across Scotland have been contacting their representatives to share their experiences in providing NHS dental services and the challenges they face.


Your efforts are seeing results in the Scottish Parliament.


You can watch the debate on Scottish Parliament TV.



Thursday 1 June 2023


Falsified medical oxygen requires urgent checks

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has advised us that falsified medical oxygen has been circulating in several dental practices across the UK. The source of the supply has been identified.

An assessment of risk to public health and patient safety has been completed and the risk was found to be low. A criminal investigation into the company that supplied this stock is ongoing. The falsified product in circulation is labelled: Medical Oxygen B.P PL No 04280/001 MEDIGAS OXYGEN.

We urge you to check your oxygen supplies and ensure you have not been supplied with this product. If you find evidence that any of your oxygen is labelled as shown above, stop using it and replace it with legitimate stock. If you have been supplied with this product, please notify MHRA Senior Criminal Enforcement Officer Mark Ling via email.

All healthcare professionals must ensure that medical oxygen supplies are procured only from authorised and licensed manufacturers or from authorised wholesale dealers of medical oxygen. It is vital that you check that your practice suppliers are authorised and licensed by the MHRA. Your supplier should have a Wholesale Dealer's Authority, which is supplied by the MHRA.


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