Following concerns raised by BDA members in Scotland over orthodontic contracts, we raised the issue with Scottish Government and we are pleased to hear they are now deferring the coming-into-force date for orthodontic payment claim forms, and requests for prior approval from 1 January 2019 to 1 January 2020.
Scottish Government has made the necessary changes to the NHS (GDS) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017.
The Government took the decision to defer the date of compliance after various discussions with software suppliers, to allow more time for the completion of the necessary development work.
We, and others, have made them aware that there has been some anxiety amongst the orthodontic community around the timescale, and the announcement to delay the implementation is designed to allay these concerns.
The amendment regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 4 October, with a coming-into-force date of 1 December 2018. The Government has issued a PCA to the service to advise it of the deferred introduction.
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