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​BDA response to The Times

8 August 2016

The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded to The Times investigation 'the great dental rip off' (£).

BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said

"Some out there would like to say this profession puts 'profit before patients'. We know the reality – that we have a failed NHS contract system that puts government targets above all else.

"The facts are the overwhelming majority of dentists want change. We know that over 90 per cent of dentists believe that chasing government targets is limiting their ability to care for patients who require complex treatment. That 83 per cent say the system is holding them back from preventive work. That for 7 in 10 dentists it's standing in the way of taking on new NHS patients.

"Dentists have had to contend with a fair share of hysterical headlines. We don't have time for name calling. Our focus is firmly on securing what's best for our patients – a contract that really delivers on prevention, which makes a decisive break from tick boxes and targets. 

"The real risk is that government remains unwilling to turn the page on the UDA, and despite the need for change, will deliver another, watered-down version, of this failed contract. We've already made sure our new Minister knows what dentists think, and we won't be letting up anytime soon."

About the BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK. It represents dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students. The BDA promotes members’ interests, advances the science, arts and ethics of dentistry, and contributes towards improving the nation's oral health.

For further information, please contact the BDA's media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit the BDA's news centre. You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter. Membership packages reflect the varied needs of dentists.