GDC Update: COVID-19 pandemic severely felt by dental technicians
By DTA | 11th February 2021 | News
We are pleased to see that the GDC has acknowledged the impact of Covid-19 on dental technicians and clinical dental technicians in their recent update:
'COVID-19 pandemic severely felt by dental technicians
We have all been affected by the pandemic in some way, but not all in the same way or to the same degree. Our recent research has exposed the severity of the impacts on dental technicians and clinical dental technicians, and their need for support.
Reduced patient numbers and subsequent decline in referrals to laboratories are resulting in major financial challenges for the sector. As one laboratory owner explained:
"because NHS dentists are treating far fewer patients, the NHS work coming to us has declined massively to about 10% of pre-COVID."
Almost 98% of laboratory owners reported a reduction in current income, with the largest decreases reported by those predominantly receiving NHS referrals, recording a mean decrease of 73%. Restrictions on AGPs are amplifying these effects and concerns are growing.
There is a consensus that the industry faces a major crisis and there are concerns around business viability and future redundancies. Many now feel that urgent attention and financial support is needed if the sector is to survive the impact of the pandemic. Further details on these and other findings from our research can be found on our website .'
A reminder that the GDC will be be hosting a live webinar from 5-7pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021, where panels of external speakers will be discussing some of the key themes that they have identified in their research into the impact that COVID-19 has had on dentistry, whilst considering how to address the challenges to come. Panels will consider the three themes of:
- Access to dentistry and working to address health inequalities.
- Supporting financial and workforce pressures.
- Bridging the road to recovery.
If you would like to ask a question on one of these themes you can access the online form here
You can add the link below to your calendar to join this session on 23 February from 5pm.