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BDA: UK dentistry faces minefield

Posted by Allie Wright

Dentistry in the UK must work its way through a minefield of potential problems if it is to be able to continue to provide high levels of service to patients.

This is the view of chair of the British Dental Association’s executive board Dr Susie Sanderson, who used a speech to the 2012 British Dental Conference and Exhibition to warn of rising issues in the sector.

She explained reforms of the NHS in the UK could lead to a repeat of the situation in 2006, when new primary care trust structures and commissioning arrangements were brought in at the same time as the introduction of a new dental contract, which was a “fiasco” for practitioners and patients.

A shift in regulatory practices was also criticised by Dr Sanderson, who claimed a “something must be done about it now” mentality in assessing risk has taken over from common sense.

The British Dental Health Foundation recently stated a report on diabetes is going to have implications for the oral healthcare sector in the UK, as it showed annual spending on treating the condition is set to rocket.

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