Latest News & Press Releases

Latest News & Press Releases

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

Government inaction on dental sector a ‘dereliction of duty’

Government has not followed through on PPE promises made six weeks ago. Inexplicable delay means dentists left to review viability of their practices and medical card scheme participation. ‘This is devastating for dental practices and for patients around the country’.

Dental treatment for medical card holders under grave threat

‘Programme for Government does nothing to alleviate our concerns’. IDA will advise members to individually consider courses of action that are open to them. ‘Despite repeated representations to the Minister for Health on the scale of the challenge now facing dentists in Ireland, sadly the response has been gravely disappointing'.

Irish Dental Association Describes Meeting with Minister for Health as 'Constructive'

IDA: ‘Dentists will be keen to now see a comprehensive response from the Government’. Dental profession ‘cannot deal with Covid-19 on its own and urgently needs assistance from the State’. Further meeting with the Minister to take place next week

Survey of dentists highlights dramatic impact of Covid-19 on patients' oral health and on livelihood of dentists

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has warned that Ireland is facing an unprecedented crisis that poses a “grave threat to the nation’s oral health” after a survey published today outlined the scale of the crisis facing dentists in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Irish Dental Association accuses Government of ‘ignoring effective collapse of dental profession in Ireland’

Repeated representations to Government unanswered. IDA ‘cannot overstate the sense of despair and panic in the dental profession’. Many patients unable to access treatment. Government urged to consider ‘special kickstart package for dentistry’.

Irish Dental Association Urges Government to Open Emergency Dental Centres to all Patients

Access to centres cannot be restricted to medical card holders. Establishment of centres would mean dental teams could be redeployed in health service. IDA says use of aerosol-generating procedures pose an “unacceptable risk” and guidance on their use must change.

Irish Dental Association Calls on HSE to establish Regional Network of Designated Dental Emergency Centres

Universal concern over guidance given to dentists by HPSC. Unprecedented joint submission calls for update to guidance. Patients and dentists must be safeguarded during treatment. Vast majority of dental practices limited to emergency treatment or have closed.

Irish Dental Association warns that Dental Profession on the Brink of Collapse

Survey shows nearly one fifth (18%) of respondents have already closed practice in some form. Further 10% face practice closure within next fortnight. Over 40% already restricted to emergency treatment only. Nearly half of respondents estimate fall of at least 90% in practice income. Dental profession is ‘disintegrating before our eyes’. Dentists need ‘wide-ranging package of supports’ in order to survive.

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