Healthcare Learning have once again been in attendance to the AEEDC dental conference in Dubai this week.
"AEEDC Dubai is the pioneering and largest dental event in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Every year, AEEDC Dubai provides the best platform for dental professionals and industry experts from the MENASA region and other parts of the world to update knowledge, network, interact and generate business partnerships."
Our CEO, Mash Seriki, and Head of Marketing, Laura McKenzie, left early Monday afternoon for the start of the show.
GPs face extra workload as last community dental clinic in London closed
Practices could face increased demand from patients unable to access dental care, GP leaders have warned, after the NHS said it is to close London's last community urgent dental clinic.
NHS England has said the Kentish Town urgent community dental service will be closed at the end of March. Commissioners said there is enough existing capacity at high street dental practices and out-of-hours services, despite more than 5,400 patients using the walk-in clinic last year. Londoners in need of emergency dental care will in future be left with just two hospitals with restrictive access.
Londonwide LMCs said GP practices were clogged up with patients unable to access other health and care services and warned that patients should be aware that GPs are not able to treat dental emergencies.
The GP body said that limited access to dental services ‘inevitably adds pressure onto an already saturated general practice network’.
An LMCs spokesman said: ‘Funding is falling for NHS dentistry and other community services like district nurses, health visitors, mental health workers and social services. The knock-on effect of this is that general practice gets clogged up, staff are overwhelmed and GPs are working in dangerously busy conditions where the quality of patient care can be affected, as practices squeeze more consultations into less real time.’
He added: ‘London GPs are increasingly being asked to undertake work outside of their NHS contract and beyond the limits of their medical competence, in order to cover for reductions in other services. Patients need to be aware that GPs are not trained or licensed to treat dental emergencies or conditions and they must follow their GPs’ advice if told to see a dentist.’
British Dental Association chair Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen told The Observer that access to emergency dental care was ‘increasingly a postcode lottery’. ‘Inadequate provision is simply piling more pressure on GPs and A&Es that are not equipped to provide dental treatment,' he said.
A spokeswoman for NHS England London said: ‘There are more than 1,250 high street dentists across London where patients can access dental care when they need it. Londoners in need of urgent dental care should call NHS 111 who can signpost them to the most appropriate service for their treatment.’
NHS doctors call on prime minister to increase spending
About 2,000 senior NHS doctors have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to urge her to increase spending on health and social care.
The letter - read and signed by NHS consultants, associated specialists and GPs - is due to be posted from Brighton at 14:00 GMT on Thursday.
It reads: "We have reached unacceptable levels of safety concerns for our patients within the NHS."
A government spokesman said it was committed to investing in the NHS.
The letter was organised by emergency consultant Dr Rob Galloway and consultant anaesthetist Anita Sugavanam, both doctors at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.
The clinicians said it was a letter they hoped they would "never have to write", but they feared a "brain drain" from the health service.
"We are constantly failing to meet our own and our patients' expectations," they wrote.
"We apologise to them and we also empathise with them. We feel handcuffed and paralysed working in this current NHS.
"We are exasperated and feel demoralised because we are not able to provide and develop the excellent care we were trained to give.
"We are simply fighting fires on a daily basis."
The letter calls on the prime minister to increase spending and to ring-fence budgets for social care and the NHS.
The clinicians wrote: "It is impossible to provide effective, efficient, patient-led innovative healthcare which is free at the point of contact when we spend less on healthcare than other comparable OECD countries."
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "We are committed to the NHS - that's why we have invested £10 billion in its own plan to transform services and improve standards of care, and recently announced almost £900 million of extra funding for adult social care over the next two years to tackle the pressures of our aging population.
"Furthermore, the NHS is now carrying out record numbers of treatments, with more doctors and nurses providing safer, more personal care than ever before."
A&E waits for January 'worst ever', leaked data suggests
Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident and emergency units in England in January, figures leaked to the BBC suggest.
During a difficult winter for the NHS, January appears to be the worst performing month since the four-hour target was introduced.
The figures also suggest record numbers of people waited longer than 12 hours for a hospital bed once seen in A&E.
The BMA said the prime minister could no longer "bury her head in the sand".
And it accused the government of failing to grasp the seriousness of the situation in the NHS.
But a spokesman from the Department of Health said the vast majority of patients were seen and treated quickly, and busy periods in hospitals were supported by an extra £400 million of funding.
The figures come from a document compiled by NHS Improvement, a regulator in England.
It appears to show that from a total of more than 1.4 million attendances at A&E during January:
- 82% of patients in A&E - rather than the target 95% - were transferred, admitted or discharged within four hours
- more than than 60,000 people waited between four and 12 hours in A&E for a hospital bed, after a decision to admit, known as a "trolley wait"
- more than 780 people waited for more than 12 hours for a bed
These are the worst monthly figures on record since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004.
In January 2016, more than 51,000 people had "trolley waits" of between four and 12 hours and 158 people had waits of more than 12 hours.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently suggested the four-hour target may have to be scrapped and could potentially be replaced by another measure.
A spokesman from the Department of Health said: "We do not recognise these figures - it is irresponsible to publish unverified data and does a disservice to all NHS staff working tirelessly to provide care around the clock."
But the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said their figures backed up those seen by the BBC.
Vice-president Dr Chris Moulton said: "While increasing numbers of doctors is vital, the more pressing problem is a lack of beds.
"We simply do not have any more room to put patients - we have the lowest number of acute beds per capita in Europe.
"As a result, bed occupancy is at dangerous levels and exit block is putting lives at risk."
Dr Mark Porter, who chairs the British Medical Association council, said doctors had reported that this winter had been "extraordinarily tough" in hospitals.
"When social care isn't available, patients experience delays in moving from hospital to appropriate ongoing care settings - preventing patients being admitted at the front end in A&E," Dr Porter said.
And he said the long trolley waits were a sign of system under too much pressure.
"The government have so far failed to grasp the seriousness of the situation," Dr Porter said.
"The prime minister cannot continue to bury her head in the sand as care continues to worsen.
"The government must urgently look at the long-term funding, capacity and recruitment issues facing the system as a whole if we are to get to grips with the pressures the NHS faces year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months."
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said it had already called for an urgent review of winter pressures on the health service.
"These figures have not been verified and should therefore be treated with caution, but they are in line with the feedback we have been getting from trusts.
"NHS staff have responded magnificently to increased winter pressures, but the situation has become unsustainable.
"The rise in long trolley waits is particularly worrying, as there is clear evidence they can lead to worse outcomes for patients."
Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, said the current level of demand in England's hospitals was causing real problems.
"Such intense pressure on emergency services has had a real impact on elective services and patients are having to wait longer for non-emergency treatment, and this is also adding to the financial pressures being felt by NHS providers," he said.
"Even with these pressures, the NHS continues to outperform health systems in other major nations."