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Irish Dental Association condemns dental school U-turn

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has criticised the decision to scrap plans for a ‘badly needed’ new dental school in Cork. University College Cork (UCC) was given permission in 2019 for a new five-storey building in Curraheen, which would replace Cork University Dental School’s current campus, which it shares with Cork University Hospital. The plans … Continued

Dentists quit medical card scheme following COVID-19

A significant amount of dentists are dropping out of a scheme to treat medical card patients.  This is according to new figures which were unveiled during a parliamentary question. The data suggests 250 dentists have stopped treating patients with a medical card. Additionally, there are 600 fewer dentists operating in the scheme. Cut numbers A … Continued

Irish Dental Association appoints new president

Dr Clodagh McAllister has been appointed as the new president of the Irish Dental Association (IDA). At the association’s AGM, the Dublin-based practitioner credited her mother for her IDA involvement. ‘She knew and saw first-hand the positive impact of professionals working together for the betterment of a sector and those most reliant upon it,’ she said. … Continued

‘Irreparable damage’ – calls for government to prioritise patients

Dentists in Ireland have ‘lost faith’ in the Department of Health to listen to the profession and take action. At its AGM this month, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) said dentistry needs to prioritise the patient. Dr Anne O’Neill is the outgoing president and said dentists need to see positive changes to dental care. Substantive … Continued

COVID-19 – dentists in Ireland report spike in bruxism

Dental teams in Ireland are reporting increased cases of bruxism in the face of pandemic-related stress. According to the Irish Times, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) says the profession has increasingly experienced conversations with patients relating to COVID-19 anxieties. And alongside this, cases of damaged teeth as a result of teeth grinding have also spiked. Due to a lack … Continued

Medical card scheme in Ireland ‘on the brink of collapse’

  The dental profession is calling for a ‘fundamentally new approach’ to dentistry from the government.  This follows fears lower income groups are being affected by the current model. The Irish Dental Association (IDA) is urging for the dental needs of the more disadvantaged to be addressed. It argues that the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) is no longer … Continued

Entry date extended for Irish Dentistry Awards 2021

The Irish Dentistry Awards announces the latest plans for entering as well as fresh details for the much-loved ceremony. In light of the situation regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone the date of the 2021 Irish Dentistry Awards ceremony. Originally planned for 6 March, the ceremony will now take … Continued