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‘It’s make or break for health service dentistry in Northern Ireland’ says BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform and fair funding to secure the future of Northern Irish health service dentistry. The association said that it expects an accelerated exodus from the ‘shrinking’ health service if these conditions are not met. Ciara Gallagher is chair of the British Dental Association’s Northern Ireland Dental Practice … Continued

Calls for government to confirm pay uplift for dentists

Calls are being made for the government to confirm when dentists in Northern Ireland will receive a pay uplift. The British Dental Association (BDA) is urging the Department of Health to clarify the timescales of the pay uplift. This follows a report in July by the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB) report, where it recommended … Continued

Ireland’s Dental Bill: where are we now?

Irish Dentistry’s Managing Editor Carlotta Eden looks at progress made on the new Dental Bill this year – and how far we have left to go. Since the beginning of the year, Irish Dentistry has been investigating progress behind the new Dental Bill, undertaking our own independent research as to when and how the new … Continued

Why dental registration matters

Stephen Murray considers the importance of dental regulation in Ireland An article in Irish Dentistry’s Regulation Debate asked ‘does every dental professional have the right to regulation?’ (January 2016) I think a more fundamental question is ‘does every patient have a right to be treated by someone who is regulated?’ – and to me, regulation … Continued

Regulation debate: the clinical dental technicians

As part of the Regulation Debate, Philip McGrath talks to Irish Dentistry about protecting patient safety and the profession A new dental act should ring in new changes; an opportunity to update outdated legislation and secure the future of the profession. Patient safety should remain a primary focus. As readers of Irish Dentistry, it is … Continued

Regulation Debate: hope for registration changes

Whether you are a dentist, hygienist, nurse or technician, registration matters. It’s the lifeline to which you hang your professional standing on, and a way for patients to recognise your qualifications and dedication to care. Recently, the issue of registration in the Irish dental profession has been opened up for debate, as proposals for the … Continued