Latest News & Press Releases

Latest News & Press Releases

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.

Dental Complaints Service Publishes 2019 Annual Report

The 2019 annual report of the Dental Complaints Resolution Service has been published. The Service handled its 1,000th complaint in 2020 and has established itself as an essential service for dentists and patients since it commenced in 2012. The Services offers a free, voluntary, quick, and informal service to assist in the resolution of complaints that cannot be resolved directly between dentists and patients.

Dental Clinics Remain Open as an Essential Service During Level 5 Restrictions

Dental care remains an essential service as designated by the Government and therefore dental clinics will remain open to provide care during the current Level 5 restrictions. Patients and staff are entitled to travel more than 5km from home to see the dentist / attend for duty.

Patients reminded not to defer dental appointments in event of tighter Covid-19 restrictions

‘Oral health is an essential part of a person’s overall health’. IDA launches pre-Budget submission today (Monday). 22% fall in dentists providing medical card treatment over five years, affecting 300,000 patients. Up to 40% of public service dentists redeployed for testing and contact tracing for Covid-19 – and not replaced.

Kilkenny native Dr Anne O’Neill appointed Irish Dental Association President

Kilkenny native Dr. Anne O’Neill has been appointed as the Irish Dental Association (IDA) President, following the Association’s AGM today. Dr. O’Neill is Assistant National Oral Health Lead in the HSE’s National Oral Health Office, working in the areas of Dental ICT, Epidemiology and Dental Public Health.

Irish Dental Association warns of ‘full-blown resourcing crisis’ in public service dentistry

Up to 40% of public service dentists have been assigned to Covid-19 testing and contact tracing, and have not been replaced. Detailed resourcing plan needed urgently.

Important Notice re IDA AGM 2020

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Irish Dental Association will take place on Saturday, September 26th commencing at 10.30am.

Dentists: Annual ‘back to school’ dental check-up has never been as important

IDA stresses that dental practices are safe for patients to attend. Check-ups can spot issues that have developed over the summer such as plaque and tooth decay.

Irish Dental Association Statement on Routine Dentistry

No change required to guidance for dentists

Dentists criticise Department of Health for failure to deliver promised PPE 3 months after commitment to do so given by Minister

Warning that medical card holders are facing increased delays for dental treatment as dentists are resigning from Dental Treatment Services Scheme for Medical Card Holders

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