Whilst on the forum 'Scottish Politics' thread a while ago, I answered Fangs question... 'Guess what I am doing the day'. My reply,... Was is it 80% of nhs pay for 20% dental activity in Scotland? The answer came back 'average of 80%'.
Now I can understand the amount of time to prepare a dental surgery between patients, but IMO some dentists are ignoring the plight of dental laboratories, as if the laboratories can wait indefinitely, receiving a small amount of work (perhaps a denture repair once a week), whilst they each as dental technicians (dental care professionals)( so described as members of the dental team) have to pay their individual ARF to the GDC due in August. And with the very expensive equipment needed by a dental laboratory to provide a full service to dentists (nhs and 'private') many laboratory owners (who don't get paid direct for nhs appliances) must surely have large loans to service. IMO dentists might help by taking impressions for dentures and crowns, so to help keep laboratories running.
As advertising slogans go.... when they are gone, they are gone!
First of August is 'July'. What 'financial help'?Lets go for facts.
DCP ARF was due in July, not August.
Technicians and labs have been entitled to the same furlough and financial help as many other businesses.
What very expensive equipment?
And how are dentists meant to have been routinely providing these treatments under the current restrictions placed upon their practice?
We are making dentures when necessary, NHS and private. Similarly with crowns
I remember many years ago for Halloween making a set of vampire fangs for the first Mrs F for an Officers' Mess Fancy Dress party.
They looked superb, unfortunately we had to leave the party early in order for me to have to open up the Dental Centre to remove them as they had been rather too good in that not come off by themselves and were cutting the inside of her lip!
First of August is 'July'. What 'financial help'?
Goodness me, dental laboratories don't manage with a couple of plain line artics, a model trimmer, and a bucket to boil the methyl methacrylate dentures!
There are electric melters, 3D CAD printers, casting machines, many different furnaces, specific furnaces for press ceramics, sand blasters, anatomical articulators, cobalt chrome cetifugal casting equipment, and the numerous stock of ceramic powders (£60+vat a 50gr jar) to satisfy every different shade of ceramic crown that a dentist might chose for a patient. By and large, dentists get a great service from dental laboratories and don't realise it!
Very few are casting their own chrome these days, usually only in bigger labs or sent overseas.
Registration with MHRA, for dental laboratories has been put back until next year. The aim to control work being sent overseas. Without work, UK laboratories might well not survive to register. Impressions for new dentures can be taken, Dentists just need to get on with it!