Former Technical Director at Practice Plan, Graham Penfold takes some time to let us know what he would like to see from the new NHS contract.
NHS dentistry cannot be said to have been graced with a successful policy-making history. When a new contract was introduced in 1990, it was followed within two years by fee cuts, reduced prior approval limits and registration periods, as spending spiralled out of control. There were a number of reports and white and green papers throughout the 1990s and early 2000s and in the end the new, twice delayed, UDA target-based contract was introduced in April 2006. Fatally flawed on many fronts from the outset, in less than three years, Professor Jimmy Steele was asked to undertake a fundamental review of NHS dentistry.