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  • England: MPs pile on the pressure on dental contract reform

    During yesterday's oral questions to the Department for Health and Social Care, Members of Parliament pressured the Minister to commit to a deadline for abolishing Units of Dental Activity.

    Date: 19 January 2022

    England: MPs pile on the pressure on dental contract reform


  • Scotland: Higher examination fees won't fix backlog issues

    We have made clear that the higher fees for examination announced this week will do little to address the colossal backlog of unmet patient care that has accumulated during the pandemic.

    Date: 19 January 2022

    Scotland: Higher examination fees won't fix backlog issues


  • Wales: Changes to Test Trace Protect (TTP) policies

    Following the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Chief Medical Officer has issued a letter confirming the changes to the Welsh Government Test Trace Protect (TTP) policies.

    Date: 18 January 2022

    Wales: Changes to Test Trace Protect (TTP) policies


  • Scotland: Important updates from the Chief Dental Officer (CDO)

    Shortly before Christmas, the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland wrote to the profession with updates on a few important developments regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance, COVID-19 self-isolation, staff daily testing and financial support.

    Date: 18 January 2022

    Scotland: Important updates from the Chief Dental Officer (CDO)


  • Northern Ireland: 2022 branch programme launched

    The BDA Northern Ireland Branch programme has been launched and paper copies are currently landing with members.

    Date: 17 January 2022

    Northern Ireland: 2022 branch programme launched


  • England: Additional exceptional circumstances announced

    NHS England has announced additional exceptional circumstances arrangements to provide further support to practices hit by Covid-related staff absences in the Omicron wave.

    Date: 17 January 2022

    England: Additional exceptional circumstances announced


  • ​England: Pioneering NHS dentists thrown under the bus

    We have condemned the insufficient support offered to over 100 pioneering practices in England, who are being forced back to working to historic models of care from April.

    Date: 14 January 2022

    ​England: Pioneering NHS dentists thrown under the bus


  • Scotland: Additional funding to support children's oral health

    The pandemic has created a backlog of care and continues to impact children's oral health. That's why, the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer has announced an increase in the number of toothbrushing packs available to health visiting and family nurse teams in Scotland.

    Date: 11 January 2022

    Scotland: Additional funding to support children's oral health


  • Wales: Pay enhancements for NHS staff

    The Welsh Government have agreed to a number of important enhancements to the 3% pay award for NHS Wales staff, announced and implemented last year.

    Date: 10 January 2022

    Wales: Pay enhancements for NHS staff


  • England: The practice is not the place to argue about vaccination

    Now that the government has brought in mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers in England, some practices are reporting difficulties.

    Date: 10 January 2022

    England: The practice is not the place to argue about vaccination


  • Northern Ireland: Activity thresholds unchanged until 7 March

    The Department of Health has said that the current minimum 25% threshold will remain in place for activity until 7 March.

    Date: 10 January 2022

    Northern Ireland: Activity thresholds unchanged until 7 March


  • England: Calling for changes to NHS dental contracts

    We are acutely aware of the difficulties being experienced across dentistry at the present time in delivering care in the face of the Omicron variant, and have once again raised these issues with NHS England and Health Minister Maria Caulfield.

    Date: 06 January 2022

    England: Calling for changes to NHS dental contracts


  • England: New targets force more NHS appointments despite Omicron wave

    We have condemned the government’s decision to impose unrealistic activity targets on NHS England dentists during the Omicron wave.

    Date: 22 December 2021

    England: New targets force more NHS appointments despite Omicron wave


  • BDA elections: 2021 winners announced

    This year's election results have been announced. They include five seats on the BDA Board and over 20 other people have also been elected to the General Dental Practice Committee, Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the English Council.

    Date: 22 December 2021

    BDA elections: 2021 winners announced


  • England: Mandatory vaccination plans may devastate dental services

    As government pushed mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers through parliament with minimal scrutiny, we have warned of the calamitous impact on already stretched dental services.

    Date: 22 December 2021

    England: Mandatory vaccination plans may devastate dental services


  • Northern Ireland: Pay uplift delays are unacceptable

    The unacceptable delays to the application of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB)'s recommended uplift in Northern Ireland is something that the Review Body has itself noted in recent reports.

    Date: 15 December 2021

    Northern Ireland: Pay uplift delays are unacceptable


  • Wales: Dentists face challenging environment

    In September, we launched a survey to once again check in on the mental health of dentists in Wales. Here we outline the challenges being faced and the likely long-term impacts.

    Date: 14 December 2021

    Wales: Dentists face challenging environment


  • Scotland: Indicative budget increase for dentistry

    In the Scottish Budget 2022-23, published last week, the GDS budget increased by £38 million.

    Date: 14 December 2021

    Scotland: Indicative budget increase for dentistry


  • Scotland: New BDA Fees Guide for GDP Pay Uplift

    On 1 December the Scottish Government applied a 3% pay uplift for GDPs. This was the amount recommended in the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB) report for 2021/2022 and will be backdated to 1 April.

    Date: 14 December 2021

    Scotland: New BDA Fees Guide for GDP Pay Uplift


  • England: Omicron threat leaves dentists struggling to restore services

    We have warned that recent moves to ease the high levels of pandemic restrictions facing dental practices are unlikely to soften access problems, as new evidence from Healthwatch England highlights major issues with access to dental care among children.

    Date: 12 December 2021

    England: Omicron threat leaves dentists struggling to restore services


  • England: Dentistry must have a voice in commissioning

    We are continuing to fight for a voice for dentistry in new structures set to be created by the Health and Care Bill as it starts its journey through the House of Lords.

    Date: 10 December 2021

    England: Dentistry must have a voice in commissioning


  • Northern Ireland: Urgent clarity sought on DDRB pay uplift

    We have requested an urgent update from the Minister for Health on when dentists will receive confirmation of their pay uplift for 21/22.

    Date: 02 December 2021

    Northern Ireland: Urgent clarity sought on DDRB pay uplift


  • Northern Ireland: Dental payment issues must be treated as a matter of urgency

    Urgent solutions must be found following the emergence of PPE payment issues relating to Code 3001.

    Date: 01 December 2021

    Northern Ireland: Dental payment issues must be treated as a matter of urgency


  • Northern Ireland: Revised operational guidance update

    The revised operational guidance for Northern Ireland will be addressed in the GDS re-establishment group taking place Friday 3 December 2021.

    Date: 01 December 2021

    Northern Ireland: Revised operational guidance update


  • England: Seeking clarity on Omicron variant

    We have sought urgent clarity from officials on the implications for dentists working to new Standard Operating Procedures, following the Prime Minister’s press conference on the new Omicron variant.

    Date: 28 November 2021

    England: Seeking clarity on Omicron variant


  • Scotland: Tackling abusive behaviour towards dental teams

    The Scottish Government have launched a Healthcare Worker Respect Campaign to tackle increased levels of violent and abusive behaviour from patients towards dental staff.

    Date: 25 November 2021

    Scotland: Tackling abusive behaviour towards dental teams


  • England: MPs press for service fit for 21st century

    The pressure for real reform of NHS dentistry is continuing to build in parliament.

    Date: 24 November 2021

    England: MPs press for service fit for 21st century


  • Updated dental appendix published

    The updated dental appendix to the government's new infection prevention and control guidance for healthcare settings has now been published.

    Date: 24 November 2021

    Updated dental appendix published


  • Antibiotics do not cure toothache

    We have joined with the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists, the College of General Dentistry and other health organisations to highlight the message 'Antibiotics do not cure toothache', this Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

    Date: 18 November 2021

    Antibiotics do not cure toothache


  • Northern Ireland: Compulsory vaccination for new staff

    No decision has been made on compulsory vaccination of dental staff in Northern Ireland. However, last week Health Minister Swann announced plans for a public consultation on a mandatory COVID-19 and flu vaccination for new staff, both new recruits and people moving posts.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Northern Ireland: Compulsory vaccination for new staff


  • Northern Ireland: Marking Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

    To mark Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, BDA NI joined Cancer Focus NI in bringing professionals, patients and carers together again with the return of the annual "Head and Neck Cancer Conference" on 16 November in the Dunadry Hotel.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Northern Ireland: Marking Mouth Cancer Awareness Month


  • Wales: Funding boost must reach most vulnerable

    Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan MS has pledged additional funding for access to NHS dental services in Wales, allocating up to £3m to Health Boards in 2021-2022 to expedite the recovery of services and bolster urgent and emergency care.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Wales: Funding boost must reach most vulnerable


  • Antibiotics: Years of progress undone

    We have warned that ongoing difficulties in accessing dental services risk fuelling the parallel health crisis of antibiotic resistance, as new data from the UK Health Security Agency shows a surge in dental prescriptions for antibiotics.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Antibiotics: Years of progress undone


  • Wales: Restart of the GDS reform programme

    We are working to provide a voice for dentists within the General Dental Services (GDS) reform programme, which was stalled due to the pandemic but is now being restarted.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Wales: Restart of the GDS reform programme


  • Mouth cancer: Resources for dentists

    This Mouth Cancer Action Month, we're once again working to provide dentists with much needed resources to support you in the vital role of early detection and prevention of head and neck cancers.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Mouth cancer: Resources for dentists


  • Northern Ireland: Fresh efforts to secure fair rate for CDS additional hours

    Renewed efforts are being made to secure a fair rate of pay for additional hours worked by dentists in the Community Dental Service.

    Date: 17 November 2021

    Northern Ireland: Fresh efforts to secure fair rate for CDS additional hours


  • Scotland: Highlighting the challenges facing dentistry

    Last week, the Scottish Parliament's COVID-19 Recovery Committee invited witnesses representing dentistry, general medical practice and social care to provide evidence on the effect of the pandemic on their respective sectors, and the main challenges they faced going forward.

    Date: 16 November 2021

    Scotland: Highlighting the challenges facing dentistry


  • England: Mandatory COVID vaccine for healthcare workers

    On 9 November 2021, the Government announced that frontline healthcare workers in England will be required by law to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

    Date: 10 November 2021

    England: Mandatory COVID vaccine for healthcare workers


  • ​England: MPs challenge the use of dental X-rays in immigration cases

    We are working to ensure unethical and inaccurate dental age checks on child migrants do not make a return.

    Date: 04 November 2021

    ​England: MPs challenge the use of dental X-rays in immigration cases


  • Scotland: Share your comments on revised Winter Respiratory IPC guidance

    Dental teams across Scotland are invited to comment on the final draft Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Winter Respiratory IPC addendum.

    Date: 04 November 2021

    Scotland: Share your comments on revised Winter Respiratory IPC guidance