BDA statement on government reshuffle

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The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded to news that Jeremy Hunt is set to remain as Secretary of State for Health

It has been widely anticipated that changes in the Department of Health and across government could slow progress on needed reform. The dentists’ group has now indicated it will be urgently seeking clarity on the timetable for delivery on a range of existing government pledges, including reform of GDS contract, reform of healthcare regulation, the sugar levy, and a pilot programme delivering prevention in areas of high need in England.

BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said. “Continuity at the Department of Health means there’s no excuse for unfinished business on oral health.

“A preventable disease remains the leading cause of hospital admissions among children. We’ve heard the right noises, but expect concrete action on the NHS contract, on regulation and on prevention. We will be contacting each member of the Health team to secure a commitment and a timetable on each of these measures.

“We have seen the consequences when oral health is left off the health agenda. 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.”