A Blueprint for NHS dentistry

The modern system of departmental select committees in the House of Commons is fairly recent. They came into being in 1979, following recommendations of a Procedure Select committee set up in 1976 which reported two years later. It recommended a series of select committees covering all the main departments of state, with wide terms of […]

We cannot lose any more time waiting for reform of the ORE

In 2021 UK qualified new registrant dentists with the General Dental Council (GDC) formed 61% – the remaining 39% of new registrants coming from EEA countries or other overseas routes to registration[1]. Dentists with overseas qualifications now make up nearly 30% of all dentists on the register. Even if the Government was prepared to invest […]

England’s Dental Deserts and the urgent need to level up access to dentistry

In May the ADG published a new report highlighting the recruitment crisis in NHS dentistry and the parts of England at most risk of becoming “dental deserts” without government action.  The top 10 parts of England identified with the lowest number of NHS dentists per 100,000 of population were: North Lincolnshire CCG                        32 NHS dentists […]