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​Parliamentary Bulletins



  • Ask your MP to support decisive action on sugar

    The BDA needs your help in asking your MP to support decisive action to end Britain's addiction to sugar.

    Date: 10 December 2015

    Ask your MP to support decisive action on sugar


  • Health Committee Chair calls for tooth decay to be considered a factor in child poverty

    Recently re-elected Health Select Committee Chair, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has called on the Government to consider tooth decay as a measure of child poverty

    Date: 10 July 2015

    Health Committee Chair calls for tooth decay to be considered a factor in child poverty


  • Major parties’ manifestos overlook dentistry

    The BDA is disappointed to note that none of the three major Westminster parties mention dentistry in their manifestos. Despite the long-awaited reformed NHS dental contract, and an ongoing discussion on public health by all parties, no explicit reference to dentistry or dentists has been made.

    Date: 17 April 2015

    Major parties’ manifestos overlook dentistry


  • Health Select Committee inquiry into children’s oral health in England

    As well as the much-publicised accountability hearing of the General Dental Council, the Health Select Committee is also holding an inquiry into the state of children’s oral health in England.

    Date: 13 February 2015

    Health Select Committee inquiry into children’s oral health in England


  • Christmas Reception for the APPG for Dentistry

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry held its annual reception ahead of Parliament rising for Christmas.

    Date: 12 December 2014

    Christmas Reception for the APPG for Dentistry


  • MPs agree the GDC isn’t fit for purpose

    An adjournment debate to discuss the GDC’s performance took place in Parliament this week.

    Date: 12 December 2014

    MPs agree the GDC isn’t fit for purpose


  • What does the Autumn Statement mean for health?

    On 3 December the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, gave his final Autumn Statement of this Parliament. Amongst a raft of announcements and economic data, an expected injection of £2bn into the National Health Service was put before the Commons.

    Date: 03 December 2014

    What does the Autumn Statement mean for health?


  • The BDA at Liberal Democrat Party Conference

    Members of our public affairs team headed to Glasgow to attend Liberal Democrat conference this week (5 -8 Oct).

    Date: 10 October 2014

    The BDA at Liberal Democrat Party Conference


  • The BDA at Conservative Party Conference

    Along with our partners, the Optical Confederation, Pharmacy Voice and the National Community Hearing Association, the British Dental Association held an exhibition stand at Conservative Party Conference last week (28 Sept - 1 Oct) in Birmingham.

    Date: 10 October 2014

    The BDA at Conservative Party Conference


  • The BDA at Labour Party Conference

    The British Dental Association (BDA) joined colleagues from the Optical Confederation, Pharmacy Voice and the National Community Hearing Association to host an exhibition stand at Labour Party Conference last week, 21 to 24 September.

    Date: 26 September 2014

    The BDA at Labour Party Conference


  • No to ARF postcard campaign receives DH response

    The BDA has received a written response from the Department of Health (DH), following the postcard campaign ‘Dentists say no to 64% rise in GDC’s ARF’.

    Date: 14 August 2014

    No to ARF postcard campaign receives DH response


  • Chair of APPG on Dentistry asks parliamentary questions on GDC

    The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dentistry, Sir Paul Beresford MP, has tabled four questions to the Health Secretary regarding the proposed ARF hike by the General Dental Council.

    Date: 08 August 2014

    Chair of APPG on Dentistry asks parliamentary questions on GDC


  • Epetition calling for GDC review hits 10,000 signatures

    The online epetition calling on government to review the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) annual retention fee (ARF) for dentists has reached over 10,000 signatures.

    Date: 06 August 2014

    Epetition calling for GDC review hits 10,000 signatures


  • Further parliamentary question asked on ARF increase

    A further parliamentary question on the General Dental Council has been asked in the Commons by a Labour MP, following a request from BDA Principal Executive Committee Member, Eddie Crouch.

    Date: 01 August 2014

    Further parliamentary question asked on ARF increase


  • Parliamentary questions on ARF increase

    While the BDA continues to campaign against the proposed 64 per cent hike in the annual retention fee (ARF) of dentists by the General Dental Council (GDC), the issue is now also being taken up by MPs.

    Date: 18 July 2014

    Parliamentary questions on ARF increase


  • Question asked on DFT salaries reduction

    Lord Colwyn, an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dentistry (supported by the BDA), raised the important topic of the possible reduction in salaries of foundation dentists undertaking dental foundation training (DFT) in recent session in the House of Lords.

    Date: 11 July 2014

    Question asked on DFT salaries reduction


  • BDA re-elected as Secretariat for the APPG on Dentistry

    The BDA was unanimously re-elected as the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dentistry.

    Date: 27 June 2014

    BDA re-elected as Secretariat for the APPG on Dentistry


  • CDPH post decision promised in Autumn

    Decisions about the long-term future of Consultant in Dental Public Health posts in England will be taken as part of a Public Health England (PHE) review reporting in the Autumn, Dentistry Minister Earl Howe has confirmed.

    Date: 14 May 2014

    CDPH post decision promised in Autumn


  • Join fight against DFT salary cut, BDA urges

    The British Dental Association (BDA) is urging the dental profession to voice its opposition to a proposal to reduce the salary paid to those undertaking Dental Foundation Training in England.

    Date: 24 April 2014

    Join fight against DFT salary cut, BDA urges


  • Government promises contract reform progress

    The process of contractual reform in England will move to a new and more advanced stage in 2015/16, Health Minister Earl Howe told delegates at the 2014 British Dental Conference and Exhibition today (11 April).

    Date: 11 April 2014

    Government promises contract reform progress


  • BDA sets out orthodontic challenges in Wales

    Long waiting times and the restrictive contract introduced in 2006 are affecting the provision of orthodontic care in Wales, the BDA has argued. The Association was responding to a call for evidence from the Health and Social Care Committee which is undertaking a short inquiry into orthodontic services.

    Date: 08 April 2014

    BDA sets out orthodontic challenges in Wales


  • Government to publish plain packaging regulations

    Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP announced today (3 April) that the Government will shortly be publishing draft regulations to introduce standardised packaging for tobacco products.

    Date: 03 April 2014

    Government to publish plain packaging regulations


  • Government reacts to DDRB pay proposals

    The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) has published it 42nd report on doctors’ and dentists’ pay and the English Department of Health has reacted to it.

    Date: 13 March 2014

    Government reacts to DDRB pay proposals


  • Poots sets out NI fluoridation hurdles

    Any proposal to fluoridate Northern Ireland’s water supplies would need to be considered in the light of reputable scientific and medical evidence, and the Executive’s views on it sought, Health Minister Edwin Poots has reiterated.

    Date: 25 February 2014

    Poots sets out NI fluoridation hurdles


  • Gender-neutral HPV vaccination at heart of oral cancer debate

    Sir Paul Beresford, Member of Parliament for Mole Valley and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry, spoke yesterday (13 January 2014) in the House of Commons about the worrying growth in the number of cases of oral cancer in the United Kingdom.

    Date: 14 January 2014

    Gender-neutral HPV vaccination at heart of oral cancer debate


  • GDPA cap retrospective clawback threat averted

    The British Dental Association (BDA) has secured the Scottish Government’s agreement that practices affected by the introduction of a cap on the General Dental Practice Allowance will not be subjected to retrospective clawback of payments.

    Date: 16 December 2013

    GDPA cap retrospective clawback threat averted


  • Welsh Assembly members scrutinise dentistry

    The Welsh Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee has conducted a scrutiny session with the Chief and Senior Dental Officers for Wales, David Thomas and Lisa Howells, with a view to determining whether an inquiry into dentistry should be conducted.

    Date: 03 December 2013

    Welsh Assembly members scrutinise dentistry


  • Tobacco packaging U-turn positive, says BDA

    The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed an apparent U-turn from Government on its policy towards plain packaging for tobacco products.

    Date: 03 December 2013

    Tobacco packaging U-turn positive, says BDA


  • Conservatives warned not to overlook oral health

    Dr John Milne has told the Conservative Party that they must not lose sight of oral health as the Government moves to integrate health and social care.

    Date: 03 October 2013

    Conservatives warned not to overlook oral health


  • Primary care collaboration vital, Labour told

    Dr Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, Deputy Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, has urged the Labour Party to encourage closer working between primary care professionals as its draws up its manifesto for the next General Election.

    Date: 24 September 2013

    Primary care collaboration vital, Labour told