Tuesday, December 16, 2008

British Dental Association Reaction To Announcement Of Independent Review Of Dentistry

The BDA has greeted today's announcement that the Department of Health has commissioned an independent review of NHS dentistry as a step forward in addressing the significant problems facing NHS dentists and patients. The review was announced today by Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson.

Responding to the announcement, BDA Executive Board Chair Susie Sanderson said: "The BDA is pleased to see the long overdue announcement of a review of NHS dentistry in England. The announcement recognises the significant problems patients and dentists face and places the Department of Health on a path to addressing those problems.

"The group will need to think carefully about the challenges NHS dentistry faces, tackling the issues identified by the Health Select Committee, the profession and patient groups, and striving for the real changes necessary to achieve the goals set out for it."

The review group will be led by Professor Jimmy Steele and is expected to publish its report next spring. Further details are available here.

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association for dentists in the UK. It represents 23,000 dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students.

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