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The BDA is doing everything in its power on the issues that matter to you. Whether you are in private, mixed or NHS practise, our priority is the safety of you, your team and your patients and the financial sustainability of your practice. I am regularly adding to this page to keep you updated on what we are doing across the UK.


Martin Woodrow
Chief Executive

 


 

Monday 26 September 2022

15:01


What dentists need to know about the 2022 'mini-budget'

 

On Friday the new Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, launched the Government's 'Growth Plan 2022', which is effectively a mini-budget. 


Here are the key points which might be of interest to you:

 

  • The Chancellor confirmed that the Energy Bill Relief Scheme would place a temporary six-month cap on energy prices for businesses starting from October. A decision on whether or not to extend this scheme for particularly vulnerable businesses beyond March 2023 will be made in three months' time, and we will argue that – in the light of wider rising dental costs – dental practices should be included in any ongoing future support.

  • The Government will cut income tax from 20% to 19% from April 2023. The top rate of income tax – the 45% rate for earnings over £150,000 – is being abolished altogether, with a single higher rate of 40%. For those operating via a limited company, the planned rise in corporation tax from 19% to 25% has been cancelled.

  • This year's 1.25% point rise in National Insurance and its replacement – the Health and Social Care Levy which was planned for April 2023 – will be cancelled.

No detail has been offered on the future funding of the NHS, and in particular the impact the abolition of the Health and Social Care Levy might have on health budgets. 


We will continue to argue that the Government's ambition to tackle the crisis in dentistry cannot be realized without the Treasury committing adequate funding to reverse the years of savage cuts, and underpin a reform and rebuild of the sector.

 


 

Friday 23 September 2022

12:08

 

Wales: Future dentists of Cardiff Dental School

 

We are looking forward to meeting future dentists later today when we talk to Cardiff's fifth year students about getting their first job.

 

We'll be talking about their career options, life in practice, protecting their interests and how we are here to support them throughout their career.

 

If you'd like us to talk to your year group, please email marketing@bda.org

 


 

10:41

 

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.

  

We're clear this last-minute extension of financial support must go hand-in-hand with meaningful reform to avert a crisis in the service.

 

The Cabinet Secretary recently told us that the multiplier – which at its current level increased NHS fees by 1.3 - had not been included in the Scottish Government's budget forecasting. We have not ceased reminding officials that without an adequate interim funding package several key treatments including extractions, and anything - like dentures - that requires laboratory work, risk being delivered at a financial loss.

  

"The Scottish Government seem to have recognised the wholesale inadequacy of the funding model for NHS dentistry" says SPDC Chair David McColl. 

 

"But unless Ministers are prepared to revisit the system this service is built on, this funding will amount to sticking plaster on a gaping wound."

 


 

09:55

 

Northern Ireland: Restorative dentistry and endodontics masterclass

 

Our Northern Ireland branch are holding an event at Hilton Belfast Templepatrick on Friday 30 September 2022, 09:00 to 17:00.

 

There will be a series of talks throughout the day including:

 

  • Restorative driven endo. A modern approach – Daniel Flynn
  • Contemporary endodontics – Planning for success and managing failure - Alyn Morgan
  • Obturation and restoration - Bob Philpott
  • 30 reasons why - 30 very practical clinical tips for your everyday restorative practice- David McCaughey

There will be refreshments throughout the day and Q&A sessions to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have after the presentations.

 

All dentists and dental care professionals are welcome to attend.



 

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June 2020

In June dental practices in England reopened, however PPE shortages, cash flow and childcare made the return difficult for many. Non-AGP care resumed in Scotland, as private practices began to re-open. Wales and Northern Ireland also saw an expansion of care, as restrictions were slowly lifted across the country.

 

We launched a toolkit for returning to face-to-face care to help our members re-open safely and efficiently. Over 6,000 members downloaded it in the first day for advice on issues such as social distancing in practice, PPE, fit-testing and employment issues.

 

We presented evidence of the catastrophic impact of the pandemic on dentistry to the House of Commons' Health select Committee, and pushed for clarify on financial support in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. We also secured widespread media coverage for dentists' concerns.

 

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May 2020

In May, as lockdown continued and death rates fell, we helped members prepare for the re-opening of dental practices.

 

In England it was announced that practices could re-open from 8 June, in contrast to the phased re-opening announced In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We developed a risk assessment tool and advised members on how to return-to-work safely and efficiently.

 

We also took action on business interruption cover by engaging the law firm Brown Rudnick LLP for legal advice on insurers not paying insurance claims made by dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Our campaigns for PPE and financial support made progress, but government continued to drag its feet in supporting self-employed and private dentists, so we continued to push on your behalf at a national and regional level.

 

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April 2020

Coronavirus cases continued to rise in April, with the death-toll surpassing 10,000 by Easter weekend. Urgent dental centres (UDCs) were set up across the country. Shortages of PPE for frontline health care workers resulted in delays, particularly in England.

 

We fought to support members and petition the government on issues ranging from PPE availability, to the financial sustainability of dentistry. We pushed MPs and secured widespread media coverage on these issues. Our campaign for private practices garnered cross-party support with 101 MPs signing our letter calling on the government to consider the plight of dentists. Dentists across the UK volunteered to help the response and were redeployed across NHS services.  

 

We developed tools for members, such as our furlough calculator, webinars on financial issues and an extensive FAQ page in response to member questions.

 

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March 2020

In March 2020 we saw a radical departure from normal life in the UK. The COVID-19 outbreak led to schools, restaurants and bars being closed and unprecedented restrictions were placed on dental treatment.  

 

From the start, we demanded the Government confirm a financial support strategy for the dental sector. Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged furloughing, loans and cash grants. But we sought clarity on support for NHS and mixed practices and we consistently pushed for Government to extend support to self-employed dentists and private practices. 

 

Wales became the first UK country to move to red alert status, which saw restrictions to all routine care and plans to open urgent dental centres (UDCs) announced. Scotland and Northern Ireland soon followed, however, there were delays in England, which we took directly to the Minister.  

 

With many practices all but closing, this was a stressful and confusing time for many dentists. Our advice team answered record numbers of member queries and we launched our Coronavirus advice pages to update you on the latest developments.

 

 

 

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