Robert Donald, Author at Dentistry Scotland
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Robert Donald

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Change is the only constant

It’s no wonder so many principal dentists and associates are looking to leave the profession, Robert Donald says. It’s sometimes difficult to see the wood from the trees, particularly when your back is against the wall. However, don’t let that distract you from being alert to the many changes being planned for professional indemnity south … Continued

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Oral cancer: extending dental checks to two years will put lives at risk

Recommending a checkup every two years is not the way to reduce growing oral cancer rates, Robert Donald says. Government plans to extend the gap between dental checks to ‘up to every two years’ will jeopardise efforts to tackle Scotland’s fastest growing cancers. The Scottish Government’s Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) included the proposal to … Continued

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Happy 70th birthday?

With £2 billion promised to the NHS, Robert Donald explains where this money is most needed in dentistry. NHS Scotland’s 70th birthday has come and gone. We have been told a birthday bonus of £2 billion has been set aside and Scotland now has a new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in post to … Continued

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The ‘double whammy’ of uncertainty

The uncertainty introduced with the new Oral Health Improvement Plan and a struggle to find suitable candidates to fill positions in dental practices is creating a crisis in Scottish dentistry, Robert Donald says. According to the latest press interview given by the Scottish Government, the new Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) is going to ‘change … Continued

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Another missed opportunity

Not introducing water fluoridation in the Government’s Oral Health Improvement Plan is a missed opportunity, Robert Donald says. The Scottish Government (SG) published its long awaited Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) in January. The document sets out the SG’s direction of travel for oral health improvement and NHS dentistry for the next generation. According to … Continued

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A tale of two conferences

Robert Donald highlights the main issues raised from the recent LDC Committee conferences. It’s Local Dental Committee conference season again with the Scottish and UK events taking place in Stirling and Birmingham, respectively. Both events were dominated by the main issues facing dentists throughout the UK – increased bureaucracy, heavy touch regulation and chronic underfunding, … Continued

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Another hammer blow to Scottish GDPs

The Scottish government needs to stop reacting and be more proactive with GDPs remuneration, Robert Donald says. The Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body (DDRB) published its 45th report at the end of March. You will all probably know by now that the headline figure was a derisory 1% increase in pay. The award is … Continued

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