Latest News & Press Releases

Latest News & Press Releases

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.

Irish Dental Association warns that Dental Services severely impacted by Covid-19 crisis

Widespread closure of practices “inevitable” for the duration of the crisis. Concern at lack of clear guidelines being issued to dentists as to current situation.

Private dentists warn of unworkable election policies for treating children

Next Government must reset relations with dentists and abandon plans which will worsen oral health outcomes.

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

Proposed National Oral Health Policy will be a prime focus for dentists. Irish Dental Association to canvas political parties on key topics.

Prof Leo Stassen: Gaps in dental plan will cause damage.

Opinion editorial article from Irish Examiner 9th December 2019

Irish Dental Association warns that there is “no prospect” of free dental care for children under 6 next year

Issue is not a dispute over fees but a disagreement on the appropriate model to deliver dental services to children

Dental Complaints Resolution Service publishes 2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report of the Dental Complaints Resolution Service (DCRS) shows that of the 123 complaints accepted by the DCRS in 2018, two-thirds of cases were resolved.

Public Dental Service Needs Extra Dentists Urgently to Address Waiting Lists

Decrease of up to 23% in dentists employed by HSE for school screening. Increasing numbers of children only being offered appointments to be screened for the first time at sixth class (confirmed as policy in Cork). Waiting lists of 24-30 months for specialist dental treatments. IDA will ballot for industrial action if HSE makes unilateral changes to terms and conditions of HSE dentists.

IDA Budget Reaction: ‘Serious concerns’ over plan to introduce free dental care for under-6s

Dentists want alternative models examined given concerns over Minister’s proposed new model. Interim plan required urgently to rebuild the public school dental service. Proposal’s timelines are unrealistic.

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