Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis

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The question of controlling the frequency of dental attendance

Kevin Lewis examines why patients, dentists and the government all want to control the frequency of attendance. ‘Do you come here often?’ Probably not the most original chat-up line, I grant you, but a question which keeps cropping up in discussions about the delivery of primary care dentistry. I participated in a lecture series 35…

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Kevin Lewis – an exercise in recycling

Kevin Lewis discovers that, in NHS dentistry, new ideas and new solutions appear to be in very short supply. The government’s green credentials may be in a state of flux – especially after its better-than-expected outcome in the recent Uxbridge and Ruislip by-election – and Labour is clearly bristling at the one that got away…

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Kevin Lewis – woke-up call

Kevin Lewis is excited to discover that he has a pronoun and a noun, and heads off in search of things that he can be offended by. I was sitting on a train a few months ago, and my ears pricked up at the mention of the word ‘dentist’ emanating from the seats behind me. …

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Kevin Lewis – musical chairs and moving targets

Kevin Lewis explains why recent seismic events in Westminster have been overshadowing subtle changes happening behind the scenes. When somebody finally writes the book describing the events in British politics over the last few months, it’s going to be a struggle to decide whether it belongs on the ‘fiction’ or ‘non-fiction’ shelves. While it’s true…

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Kevin Lewis – heavy metal

In the 1960s – 1980s, the NHS system actively encouraged dentists to save and restore teeth, thereby creating today’s ‘heavy metal’ generation, explains Kevin Lewis. Yet the NHS is conveniently ignoring its ongoing responsibility to these patients, and abandoning them to an uncertain future. Something was stirring in the 1960s and 70s, which is still…

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Kevin Lewis – blue on blue

Kevin Lewis discusses how personal grievances are not a legitimate part of whistleblowing, but tend to flourish under its guise. I was lecturing in Australia about 10 years ago just as a new national law came into force. The law was introducing the requirement of ‘mandatory notifications’ covering all registered healthcare professionals. This created a…

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Kevin Lewis – putting it into perspective

Kevin Lewis discusses the war in Ukraine and how fortunate we are in the UK to be untouched by such events. A week may be a long time in politics (sic). But the intervals between my successive copy deadlines for this column seem to get shorter with every issue. I penned my first regular column…

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Kevin Lewis – the law of unintended consequences

Kevin Lewis explores the unintended consequences that have led to vicarious liability. I have lost count of the number of times when I have either witnessed, or experienced at first hand, this frustrating phenomenon. Somebody makes a decent enough decision in order to deal with a particular issue or solve a particular problem – but…


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