Grainne Quinn re-elected

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Grainne Quinn re-elected Chair of Northern Ireland Salaried Dentists Committee

Grainne Quinn has been re-elected as Chair of the Northern Ireland Salaried Dentists Committee (NISDC). Grainne previously served as NISDC Chair from 2015-2017.

She is elected as the Northern Ireland Clinical Directors representative. She currently works as Clinical lead and Senior Dental Officer in the Western Health and Social Care Trust Community Dental Services. As part of her role as Chair she sits on BDA Northern Ireland Council and the NI Joint Negotiating Forum (NI JNF).

Ruth Early was elected as Vice Chair of NISDC. Ruth is the representative for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. She currently works as a Senior Dental Officer in the Trust and is Chair of the Community Dentists Group, Northern Ireland.

Equipped with a moribund contract the CDS are confronting the treatment needs of an aging dentate population, along with pressure for domiciliary care visits, more patients with complex health care needs impacting on oral health, and increasing levels of hospital admissions for children with oral health problems.

Accepting the position Grainne Quinn said: “This is a critical time for salaried dental care in Northern Ireland. With increasing workloads and an evolving patient demographic, salaried dentists are under more pressure than ever.

“The implementation of the community dental contract is still at the forefront of our committee activity. The current contract is over 30 years old and is simply not fit for purpose. In the absence of a functioning Government we are calling on civil servants to do all they can to secure approval and implementation of the new contract.

“We will continue to work on areas such as improved child and elderly oral health care, as part of wider BDA activity and look forward to representing and promoting the interests of all dentists working in Salaried Dental Practice in Northern Ireland over the coming years.”