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Dentists to Brief Patients on Ireland’s ‘Dental Crisis’ During General Election

The Chief Executive of the Irish Dental Association (IDA) has said dentists will draw attention to the country’s “dental crisis” during the general election campaign. Mr. Fintan Hourihan was speaking today as the IDA released its general election manifesto. He said that, for the first time, the IDA would be calling on dentists to use the three weeks before the general election on Saturday, February 8th to discuss the association’s key campaign messages with patients.

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Dentists: Vaccination of dental teams must begin as matter of urgency

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar last week stressed that dentists be given equal priority to medical GPs for vaccinations, however there has been no meaningful engagement on vaccination of dentists as priority group

Dentists: Government’s failure to engage on dentistry cannot be tolerated

PPE promised by Government to dentists seven months ago has still not arrived. No meaningful engagement on vaccination of dentists as priority group. ‘Disrespectful and unreasonable’ for Government to expect dentists to carry on as normal under circumstances.

IDA Receives Confirmation that Dentists will be Prioritised for Vaccinations

Confirmation was received by the Association over the weekend that dentists will be amongst those such as doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to be prioritised for receipt of the Covid-19 vaccines. A series of representations were made by the Irish Dental Association to state authorities at the highest level over the past ten days insisting that dentists should be recognised as a priority group for the programme of vaccinations to be rolled out in the new year.

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