This is the question that, following years of under-funding, under-resourcing and increasing regulation, many have been asking for a long time. There has been a feeling among the profession for a while that things need to change. But how that will happen and who will drive it, is not clear-cut.
Some may be hoping the reformed contract due to be rolled out from April next year, will be a catalyst for the change they’ve been waiting for. However, so much is still unknown about what reform will actually look like that it can be difficult to know whether, if they continue to wait, they will be rewarded or if they will still be facing similar issues.
It can be seen as a sign of how uncertain dentists feel about what the profession will be faced with from 2020 onwards, that 100 turned up to a panel discussion looking for the answer(s) to that question. The discussion between the panel members – Eddie Crouch, Vice-chair of the BDA; Ian Redfearn, owner of a prototype A practice; Paul Worskett, owner of a prototype B practice; and George Savva, owner of a mixed practice – as well as questions posed by the audience, revealed what is particularly troubling the profession about their future.Read More