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Building on momentum: dental contract reform in Wales

Blog Author Tom Bysouth

Blog Date 04/06/2019


​We’ve been waiting too long to see our dental contract reformed, so it works better for our patients, and for us as professionals. 

So finally, we have some good news to report. Assembly Members from across the parties have taken on board our issues and raised them in a new report published by the Welsh Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on the future for NHS dental services across Wales.

The recommendations set out in A Fresh Start: Inquiry into dentistry in Wales closely follow the case we made when we gave oral and written evidence to the committee last autumn. 

We’ve been highlighting the unsustainability of UDAs, clawback, the issues around recruitment and retention, rising levels of stress and falling morale, and access issues for our patients. All of these are now acknowledged by this report, supported by feedback from you, our members.

We know the system is failing the needs of patients in Wales’ most deprived areas, and we are delighted that our concerns are finally being heard.

It was great to see the Committee’s Chair Dai Lloyd AM acknowledge that the current NHS dental contract isn’t working and that it is time to find a new way. We also hope the rapid action to improve the dental contract and measures to provide incentives to train and work in Wales, called for by Conservative Health Spokesperson Darren Millar AM, are now put into place. 

Due to our lobbying, the Committee now recognises the need to consign this discredited system to the dustbin of history and is joining our calls for Government action in this area. 

The desire for a decent new contract now enjoys cross-party support. And we intend to build on this momentum. 

Tom Bysouth, Chair 
Welsh General Dental Practice Committee

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