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BDA backs Monitor licensing exemption proposal

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced it is in support of plans for the dental industry in the UK to be exempt from licensing by Monitor.

Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee Dr John Milne stated this is because the oral health sector is already the subject of “excessive” levels of regulation.

“Adding another, unnecessary layer to the many that already sit across our practices would serve only to tie dentistry up in even more red tape,” he said, adding this is why the dental industry has fought against the possibility of Monitor licensing dental practice.

The news that dentistry could be made exempt is outlined in a Department of Health consultation published earlier in the month.

Chair of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee Dr Martin Fallowfield recently called for the body to focus on ensuring there is a high quality of dental care in the UK.

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