The proposed new NHS dental contract which the government is currently trialling is to be discussed at seminars across the county. This will allow dentists to find out first hand what exactly is being asked of them.
The seminars are being organised by Denplan, the well known private dental health insurance company with the theme entitled Viewpoint
The aim is to give dentists the opportunity to find out more about the proposals and discuss relevant issues arising.
For those who are unable to attend the seminars, Denplan has created a web forum where dentists can air their views.
Speaking with reporters, Roger Matthews, Denplan’s chief dental officer, said: “Many dentists have been left in the dark when it comes to the new NHS dental contract.”
Mr. Matthews added: “These Viewpoint seminars have been designed so that dental professionals can find out exactly what the proposed changes to the contract will mean for them and their practices and have their say in the matter, so I would urge everyone to get involved.”
Ever since the last Labour Government implemented its own new contract many dentists left the NHS in disgust. However since then, NHS dentistry has been growing quite quickly, although with cuts to the NHS in general, things appear to have stalled.
The seminars themselves start on the 20th March at Dartford and the last one will take place in Gateshead on the 1st May.
There are 7 meetings in all.