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BDA: New Contract Will Fail To Deliver

The Government’s reform programme for NHS dentistry will fail to deliver for patients and alienate the profession, said the British Dental Association to its members recently.

In a hard-hitting statement that conveys the frustration and anger of the profession, the British Dental Association has told its members that the proposals will not achieve the Government’s original goal of enabling a more preventative approach to dental care.

The proposals will also fail to tackle the excessive workload experienced by dentists working within the current out-of-date NHS system - a situation which the Government said its reforms would address.

The BDA statement also criticises the chronic under-funding of NHS dentistry, highlighted by the National Audit Office last year, which found that spending on the NHS as a whole had increased by 75% since 1990/91 but spending on dentistry had risen by only 9%.

Lester Ellman, chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, which met before issuing the statement to BDA members today, said: ‘The Government’s proposals for NHS dentistry add up to a wasted opportunity and will do nothing to solve the current problems experienced by many people who struggle to find a dentist. Our message to the Government is that they need to look again at the new contracts which they’re offering the profession and take seriously the concerns that are being raised by the BDA.’

 Posted on : Mon 31st - Oct - 2005

 

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