Phil McCafferty, Author at Dentistry Scotland
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Phil McCafferty

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Sailing upstream on the GDC love boat

The GDC is encouraging a culture of complaining in dentistry, Phil McCafferty says. It seems like every few months there’s another new charm offensive launched by the GDC from their ivory citadel in Wimpole Street. They love to inform us that as a result of their ingenious strategies – upstreaming, partnership initiatives, engagement of stakeholders … Continued

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If it ain’t broke, don’t Brexit

With the date for Brexit rapidly approaching, Phil McCafferty looks at what this could mean for dentists. There are very few dentists in practice before the UK joined the EEC (or Common Market) in 1973. I am old enough to remember the day the Act was passed. In the post-war period, leading up to the … Continued

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Dentistry at the end of the line

With Margie Taylor announcing her retirement as CDO, Phil McCafferty looks back through her tenure. In June our chief dental officer, Margie Taylor, announced she is to retire at the end of this year. Margie Taylor took up the post as CDO for Scotland in May 2007, having been appointed in the twilight of the … Continued

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The good ship OHIP sets sail

Phil McCafferty looks for the detail in the Oral Health Improvement Plan. Launched on 24 January, the day after a self-congratulatory double salvo of propaganda in the press from Scottish Government, misleading the public about so called ‘record registrations’ coupled with a simultaneous symposium extolling the success of Childsmile, the Government gave us the Oral … Continued

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Begging the question

What is the point of an independent body recommending dentists’ pay, when we all know what the outcome will be anyway, Phil McCafferty asks. The term ‘begging the question’ is often misused, but essentially it is a form of circular reasoning where one assumes the conclusion of an argument from the outset. The Doctors’ and … Continued

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