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BDA to oppose NI DHSSPS proposals for Health Service dental provision

Posted by Joanne Mellor

The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced it intends to oppose proposals that have been published for consultation by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) regarding dental health provision in Northern Ireland.

It is claimed by the body that the plans would limit the oral healthcare available to patients by moving to a core service of treatments.

The BDA also noted this would have the effect of restricting the frequency of scaling and polishing, as well as moving to IOTN 3.6 for orthodontic treatments, amending the eligibility for the Practice Allowance and removing commitment payments to dentists.

Chair of BDA Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee Dr Peter Crooks said: “These proposals fail patients, undermine businesses and strike at the heart of dentists improving oral health in Northern Ireland.”

He added that the BDA Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee “entirely rejects” the proposals and urged dentists to fight against the proposed changes.

A recent BDA reported noted many dentists are concerned their ability to provide acceptable dental healthcare is being affected by cuts.

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