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Dentist: OFT report was sensationalist

Posted by Joanne Mellor

A report into the state of dentistry in the UK by the Office for Fair Trading (OFT) has been described by one dentist as being “sensationalist”.

Dr Martin Fallowfield, recently elected chair of the British Dental Association’s (BDA’s) Principal Executive Committee, speaking at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry’s 2012 Summer Reception, stated the coverage it received was “unhelpful”.

According to a report by, Dr Fallowfield suggested the key to good communication between dentists and patients is to increase the time practitioners have available.

He reminded the MPs present at the committee that the OFT had released positive findings about patient satisfaction, while dentistry was also treated by the report as a commodity.

Responding to the report from the OFT, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter stated fixed pricing has caused confusion for many in the industry, as it is not clear what costs will be covered by the NHS.

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