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  • Cost of living crisis leaves children's oral health on the line

    Four in five teachers are now providing pupils with toothpaste and toothbrushes as the cost of living crisis bites.

    Date: 06 February 2023

    Cost of living crisis leaves children's oral health on the line


  • ​Scotland: The clock is ticking to 1 April

    In just two months the 'bridging payments' to NHS practices in Scotland will cease. There is no clarity on what support will take its place.

    Date: 03 February 2023

    ​Scotland: The clock is ticking to 1 April


  • ​Northern Ireland: Philip McLorinan welcomed as new Branch President

    On Friday 27 of January, Philip McLorinan was welcomed as the BDA Northern Ireland Branch President for 2023.

    Date: 02 February 2023

    ​Northern Ireland: Philip McLorinan welcomed as new Branch President


  • Cervical Cancer Prevention Week raising awareness of HPV risks

    Cervical Cancer Prevention Week aims to make cervical cancer a thing of the past by encouraging the public to attend cervical screening, get treated for cell changes and receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

    Date: 23 January 2023

    Cervical Cancer Prevention Week raising awareness of HPV risks


  • ​Doctors and dentists unite on pay review process that's unfit for purpose

    We've set out a plan to fix a broken pay review process that is driving talent out of the NHS in every UK nation.

    Date: 19 January 2023

    ​Doctors and dentists unite on pay review process that's unfit for purpose


  • Northern Ireland: Hygienist registration delays raised with GDC

    We have raised the issue of long processing delays in registration applications for dental hygienists qualified in the Republic of Ireland directly with the General Dental Council (GDC).

    Date: 17 January 2023

    Northern Ireland: Hygienist registration delays raised with GDC


  • ​Prioritising your mental wellbeing

    January is widely considered the most unhappy month of the year. During challenging times, it's important to remember the high-quality support platforms available to help you in all aspects of your life.

    Date: 16 January 2023

    ​Prioritising your mental wellbeing


  • Northern Ireland: Mental Health and Stress support available for dentists

    Managing your mental wellbeing can feel like a real challenge, especially during this time of year. However, plenty of resources are available to help you get through the difficult times.

    Date: 16 January 2023

    Northern Ireland: Mental Health and Stress support available for dentists


  • England: Hospital trainees industrial action ballot​

    We are planning to ballot our hospital dental trainee (Dental Core Trainee and Speciality Registrar) members who are on the same contract as junior doctors about taking industrial action alongside BMA colleagues.

    Date: 22 December 2022

    England: Hospital trainees industrial action ballot​


  • GDC ARF payment reminder

    We are reminding the profession that the General Dental Council (GDC) is currently collecting dentists’ Annual Retention Fee (ARF) for 2023.

    Date: 13 December 2022

    GDC ARF payment reminder


  • ​Working together to prevent antimicrobial resistance

    World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), led by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is held between 18 – 24 November this year.

    Date: 17 November 2022

    ​Working together to prevent antimicrobial resistance


  • Industry misleading parents on sugar-laden food

    We have called on government to stamp out misleading marketing claims by children's food manufacturers, revealed in damning new research from Action on Sugar.

    Date: 17 November 2022

    Industry misleading parents on sugar-laden food


  • Wales: Open letter calls for action on workforce plan

    We have joined a group of 33 organisations working across healthcare and social care in Wales in an open letter to the Welsh Government calling for an update and timeline on the publication of the workforce implementation plan.

    Date: 17 November 2022

    Wales: Open letter calls for action on workforce plan


  • ​Scotland: Referendum on proposed new contract package for SAS dentists

    We're currently working with BMA Scotland's SAS doctors committee (SSASC) looking at the contract package for SAS doctors and dentists and have ensured that the SAS dentist voice has been fed into this process.

    Date: 15 November 2022

    ​Scotland: Referendum on proposed new contract package for SAS dentists


  • ​Northern Ireland: DDRB expenses injustice

    We conveyed our alarm to the Minister for Health, Robin Swann, that while the DDRB recommended uplift is being applied as a 4.5% uplift to the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR), no assessment of the soaring costs to provide care has been made.

    Date: 14 November 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: DDRB expenses injustice


  • ​Scotland: 4.5% pay award confirmed for GDPs

    Following a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in September, we have received a memorandum confirming an amendment to the Statement of Dental Remuneration for General Dental Practitioners (GDPs).

    Date: 12 November 2022

    ​Scotland: 4.5% pay award confirmed for GDPs


  • ​England: Indicative industrial action survey for hospital dental trainees

    The BMA negotiates both junior doctors and dentists' contracts on our behalf, including pay and conditions, using the feedback and views you share with us.

    Date: 11 November 2022

    ​England: Indicative industrial action survey for hospital dental trainees


  • ​Northern Ireland: Increase in late-stage diagnosis for head and neck cancers

    Throughout the pandemic early dental referrals plummeted, causing an increase in late-stage diagnosis for head and neck cancers.

    Date: 08 November 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: Increase in late-stage diagnosis for head and neck cancers


  • Resources for Mouth Cancer Action Month

    Dentists and teams will be supporting the Oral Health Foundation's Mouth Cancer Action Monthcampaign this month, by raising awareness of oral cancers with patients.

    Date: 03 November 2022

    Resources for Mouth Cancer Action Month


  • ​Showcasing a year of successes

    Our impact report celebrates the wins and key services most accessed by members from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.

    Date: 01 November 2022

    ​Showcasing a year of successes


  • Northern Ireland: Practice allowance payments 2022/23

    The Department has confirmed that practice allowance payments for 2022/2023 will be calculated based on item of service claims as well as support payments.

    Date: 28 October 2022

    Northern Ireland: Practice allowance payments 2022/23


  • England: Written contract vital for local NHS schemes

    Several NHS England regions are offering contractors opportunities to participate in local schemes. These are generally looking to address local issues of concern, such as providing urgent care slots or offering golden hellos to support associate recruitment.

    Date: 26 October 2022

    England: Written contract vital for local NHS schemes


  • ​Northern Ireland: Action needed on child oral health

    We have urged Stormont to address oral health inequalities as almost 100,000 children have required extractions since 2017.

    Date: 18 October 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: Action needed on child oral health


  • ​Northern Ireland: Emotional and wellbeing support for dentists

    At a recent all area LDC Katy Skelton from Inspire gave a presentation on the General Dental Services (GDS) Assistance Programme.

    Date: 16 October 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: Emotional and wellbeing support for dentists


  • Highlighting the vital work of SAS doctors and dentists

    We welcome the opportunity to highlight the critical role of all SAS dentists and doctors during SAS week, running from 10 October.

    Date: 13 October 2022

    Highlighting the vital work of SAS doctors and dentists


  • ​Stoptober 2022: Supporting patients to quit smoking

    Oral cancers are some of the most preventable types of cancer, and over 90% of all oral cancer cases could be avoided. Here's how dentists can help.

    Date: 13 October 2022

    ​Stoptober 2022: Supporting patients to quit smoking


  • Scotland: Temporary lifeline will not save sinking NHS service​

    Dr David McColl, Chair of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) and executive colleagues met on 7 September with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf, to discuss the need for ongoing financial support for dental practices with the prospect of the removal of the multiplier pandemic support.

    Date: 05 October 2022

    Scotland: Temporary lifeline will not save sinking NHS service​


  • England: Marginal changes update

    NHS England has issued further information about the marginal changes to be implemented from 1 October onwards.

    Date: 05 October 2022

    England: Marginal changes update


  • ​Wales: Below inflation awards will further erode NHS dentistry

    The recently announced 4.5% uplift of the General Dental Service (GDS) contract value is in line with the Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration Board's (DDRB) recommendations made in the late summer and backdated to April 2022.

    Date: 04 October 2022

    ​Wales: Below inflation awards will further erode NHS dentistry


  • ​Northern Ireland: New Conscious Sedation Guidelines welcomed

    We welcome a recent letter to the profession from the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) confirming that the Department of Health (DoH) has endorsed the third edition of SDCEP Conscious Sedation in Dentistry.

    Date: 03 October 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: New Conscious Sedation Guidelines welcomed


  • Scotland: The return of face-to-face support for Scottish dental students

    As part of our commitment to visit universities, we were pleased to be hosted by Glasgow and Dundee Dental School over the summer.

    Date: 30 September 2022

    Scotland: The return of face-to-face support for Scottish dental students


  • Scotland: support extended, but there can be no return to 'business as usual'

    A new 'bridging payment' will replace the multiplier from 1 October, uplifting fees at a rate of 1.2 for the next three months, falling to 1.1 for the period up to April 2023.

    Date: 23 September 2022

    Scotland: support extended, but there can be no return to 'business as usual'


  • Northern Ireland: Dismal government cut to Rebuilding Support Uplift

    We have warned that cuts to the vital Rebuilding Support Scheme undermine the survival of Health Service (HS) dentistry.

    Date: 21 September 2022

    Northern Ireland: Dismal government cut to Rebuilding Support Uplift


  • Bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral

    The Government has announced a bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on Monday 19 September 2022.

    Date: 12 September 2022

    Bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral


  • A tribute to our Royal Patron, Her Majesty the Queen

    The British Dental Association, on behalf of the UK's 42,000 dentists, extends our sincere condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of our Royal Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

    Date: 09 September 2022

    A tribute to our Royal Patron, Her Majesty the Queen


  • ​Wales: New CDS proposal to plug GDS gaps

    Welsh Government recently published Welsh Health Circular – The Role of the Community Dental Service (CDS) and Services for Vulnerable People.

    Date: 07 September 2022

    ​Wales: New CDS proposal to plug GDS gaps


  • NHS dentistry: Million new mums missing out on free care

    We are calling on government to urgently move on pledges to reform NHS dentistry, as our analysis of official data shows nearly one million new mums have missed out on free dental care, due to the pandemic.

    Date: 07 September 2022

    NHS dentistry: Million new mums missing out on free care


  • ​Scotland: Action needed for paediatric extractions

    We have written to the Scottish Government urging for action to tackle the long-standing problem of lengthy waiting lists for paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic.

    Date: 05 September 2022

    ​Scotland: Action needed for paediatric extractions


  • Scotland: Working for PDS dentists

    We have written to the Chief Dental Officer Scotland, Tom Ferris, seeking a meeting to discuss Public Dental Service (PDS) issues.

    Date: 31 August 2022

    Scotland: Working for PDS dentists


  • ​England: NHS dental statistics show a service on its last legs

    We are calling for radical and urgent change for NHS dentistry, following the release of the latest NHS dental statistics.

    Date: 25 August 2022

    ​England: NHS dental statistics show a service on its last legs