Health minister to address local dental committees conference

Health minister Ann Keen will address next month’s local dental committees conference.

The conference – at Kensington Town Hall in central London on 13 June – will be chaired by Birmingham orthodontist Eddie Crouch.

Earlier this year he won a High Court case in February to have a termination clause in his contract with South Birmingham PCT deemed unlawful.

During the two-day hearing the judge, Mr Justice Collins, was critical of the complexities of dental regulations.

One motion at this year’s conference, proposed by North Tyneside LDC, suggests the time has come to embrace the new contract and work with PCTs.

Another motion, proposed by Jane Ainsworth, chair of North Tyneside LDC, calls on GDPs to re-open negotiations with the Department of Health in order to agree a contract based on long-term patient registration, remuneration and capitation.

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