The IDA submission to the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare outlines 8 priorities for the future of the Health Service as follows:
- A new national oral health strategy must be developed and properly resourced, with a focus on prevention that ensures oral health care is better integrated and given priority in any overall health care strategy. A full-time Chief Dental Officer should be appointed on a permanent basis to lead the development and implementation of a new oral health strategy.
- The role and expertise of dentists at community / primary care level in the management and prevention of chronic disease must be developed.
- Any state dental schemes must be properly funded and operated. They must be fit for purpose and have a focus on prevention.
- There needs to be elimination of the barriers between primary and secondary oral and dental health care.
- A national model of publicly delivered dental care for children and patients with special care needs is needed and must be adequately resourced and staffed.
- We recommend implementation of the recommendations as they relate to paediatric dentistry contained in the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology model of care for paediatric healthcare services in Ireland.
- There must be a concerted plan to tackle the crisis in Orthodontics.
- We need to see publication and enactment of a new Dental Act.
Download the full submission here.