The new Minister for Health and Social Services pledged to ensure that all the gains experienced within the variation to the General Dental Services contract will be preserved as we move out of the pandemic recovery of NHS dentistry.
There will be no return to the failed system NHS dentistry operated to prior to Covid. The widely discredited target-based contract for high street dentistry, in operation since 2006, was effectively suspended at the onset of lockdown. It capped patient numbers, failed to reward preventive work, and fuelled both access problems and a collapse in morale among the profession.
An evolutionary approach to reform has been working well under the leadership of the CDO, Dr Colette Bridgman, and the BDA sees this partnership continuing as we head towards the next phase of contract reform in April 2022.
Russell Gidney, Chair of the BDA's Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, said: “This is welcome news for families across Wales. It means there will be no turning back to a failed system that put government targets ahead of patient care.”