Routine dentistry remains on hold

12/05/2020

Despite Boris Johnson's move towards easing the lockdown restrictions, routine dentistry remains on hold as dental practitioners were named among the occupations with a high potential for exposure to COVID-19.

Last night (Monday), Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempted to clarify his return to work message in his Downing Street briefing. 

He said employers would need to prove they are ‘COVID secure’ before welcoming back employees.

On Sunday, he outlined the government's workplace guidance plans as part of the move towards easing the current restrictions. The changes – which he called 'baby steps' – included a roadmap for getting Britain out of lockdown with a 51-page dossier that sets out a three-phase strategy for gradually lifting the current restrictions.

However, despite the changes, the latest NHS England and NHS Improvement Primary Care Bulletin reiterated that dental practices will not be opening anytime soon.

In reference to the government’s conditional plan to ease restrictions, it said: ‘All dental guidance and Standard Operating Procedures currently in force remain unchanged. The temporary cessation of routine dentistry addresses the safety of patients and of dental teams, as well as supporting the public health measures required to slow community transmission of COVID-19. This advice has not changed.’

Read the full article by The Dentist here.

Author: The Dentist