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Financial support scheme for dentists extended until Christmas

The Financial Support Scheme will continue for dentists in Northern Ireland until the end of the year, it has been confirmed. Michael O’Neill, the acting director of general healthcare policy, this week announced that the scheme will continue for another month. Additionally, for this November – December payment cycle, the abatement factor will not apply. … Continued

CDO for Northern Ireland U-turns on UDC plans

The chief dental officer for Northern Ireland has confirmed urgent dental care centres (UDCs) will continue operating seven days a week. This follows communications sent on 7th July where the CDO, Michael Donaldson, set out the board’s intention to reduce service provision at all UDCs. However, in a new letter to the profession, he confirmed UDCs will operate … Continued

CDO for Northern Ireland questioned on COVID-19 dental decisions

The acting CDO for Northern Ireland has responded to a number of key dental issues voiced by the profession. Yesterday, CDO Michael Donaldson appeared before the Assembly Health Committee alongside Paul Montgomery, acting director of general health policy. The pair responded to a number of problems from committee members, many of which were highlighted by the British Dental … Continued