British Dental Association seeks government U-turn
The British Dental Association (BDA) has written to the Secretary of State for Health to urge him to reconsider the decision to abolish the Standing Dental Advisory Committee (SDAC).
The letter, from BDA executive board chair Susie Sanderson to Alan Johnson MP, voices the BDA’s ‘deep concern’ at the decision, particularly in light of overwhelming support for the continuation and strengthening of the committee in responses to a consultation on the issue.
Dr Sanderson said: ‘We believe the decision to abolish the Standing Dental Advisory Committee to be a misguided one that goes against a strong consensus of opinion across different branches of the profession.
‘The committee offered an effective method of canvassing the whole spectrum of the profession including those on the frontline of patient care. One of the key principles of the NHS Next Stage Review is the promotion of a quality service developed with full professional engagement. This decision appears to be contrary to that principle.
‘We urge the Secretary of State to reconsider the decision and guarantee the future of a committee that is an invaluable source of expert consensus in dentistry.’
The letter from Dr Sanderson to the Secretary of State can be accessed at www.bda.org/docs/SDACletter.pdf.