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BDA welcomes Monitor exemption for dentists

4th March 2013

The British Dental Association (BDA) has reacted positively to news that Monitor, the NHS economic regulator, will not be extending its jurisdiction to the licensing of dental practices.

It has been confirmed that the Department of Health will exempt providers of primary medical and dental care holding contracts with the NHS National Commissioning Board from the need to hold a Monitor licence, a move for which the BDA has been lobbying extensively.

The industry body has argued that UK dentists are already subject to extensive personal and practice-based regulation, making the potential involvement of Monitor in this process unnecessary and disproportionate.

However, this decision will be reviewed in 2016/17, a requirement that the BDA will continue to oppose.

Dr John Milne, chair of the BDA's general dental practice committee, said: "We are pleased to see that we have been listened to and look forward to the exemption being confirmed by the laying of regulations before parliament."

This comes at a time when a recent BDA survey showed that the majority of UK dentists currently fear that an erosion of services in the current economic climate could undermine care quality if left unchecked.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801550556-ADNFCR

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