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BDA calls for ‘flexible’ monitoring of NHS dentistry services

26th February 2008

The British Dental Association (BDA) has called for the introduction of a more flexible method of monitoring dentistry services on the NHS.

It states that factors such as preventative care, improved oral health, quality and patient experience and access should be emphasised.

The association added that it would be hare to improve access to dentistry services on the NHS unless the existing system of units of dental activity (UDAs) was disregarded as the sole method of measuring work done by dentists.

Susie Sanderson, executive board chair of the BDA, said: “The UDA is a crazy unit of measurement.

“If we continue to use UDAs as the sole measure of activity, then we have no chance whatsoever of making sure dental provision is improved, particularly for the disadvantaged cohorts of the population.”

She added that the new contract has resulted in reduced access to NHS dentistry, with there existing a threat of clawback against dentists who do not attain the UDA targets set out for them.

Last week, the BDA called for commissioning funds to be paid to primary care trusts in full to facilitate greater certainty over budgets and enable dentists to transfer NHS contracts for the provision of continuity of care when dentists retire.

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