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BDA calls for clarity on government dental policy following reshuffle

15th July 2016

The British Dental Association (BDA) has urged the new-look government to clarify its position on dental sector policy following the recent reshuffle.

David Cameron's resignation in the wake of the EU referendum has opened the door for Theresa May to step in as prime minister, prompting sweeping changes to the Cabinet – although Jeremy Hunt has remained in place as health secretary.

The BDA had held concerns that changes to the Department of Health could slow progress on much-needed dental reform, but with Mr Hunt to continue in his role, the association will now be seeking clarity on the timetable for delivery on existing government pledges.

These include dental contract reforms and changes to healthcare regulation, as well as the planned sugar levy and a pilot programme delivering prevention measures in areas of high need in England.

Mick Armstrong, chair of the BDA, said: "Ministers have a duty to provide clarity on existing policies, and an opportunity to set out a joined-up strategy that can bring lasting benefit to all our patients."

He added that there is "no excuse for unfinished business on oral health", given the decision to maintain continuity at the top of the Department of Health.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801821879-ADNFCR

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