AndrewBolasIn his last President’s news for the Journal, DR ANDREW BOLAS sums up current events.

Croke Park II
The proposals for ‘Croke Park II’ represent a significant reduction in the terms and conditions for HSE dentists. While not a party to the talks, the Irish Dental Union has registered its opposition to the plans, which will have a severely negative effect on the take home pay for dentists who are, in return, expected to work increased hours.

Cork Dental School celebrates its centenary
I attended the celebrations in Cork to mark the centenary of the Dental School on Friday March 1. A great evening was had by a huge number of alumni, beginning with a reception in the Aula Maxima, which brought back memories to many as the scene of their graduation. This was followed by a dinner and we were entertained by Dr Pixie McKenna from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

CPD Roadshows
The second round of CPD Roadshow events are well underway now, and I would urge dentists to take advantage of these events on their doorsteps.

New Dental Bill
The Department of Health has begun its consultation with the Irish Dental Association on the new Dental Bill. This represents a major opportunity to improve dentistry and oral healthcare in Ireland. I hope the Department takes on board the views of the Association on this important matter.

News watch
In my usual scanning of the papers, I read with interest that an inmate of a North Dakota prison was suing authorities over his dental treatment. It seems he wanted a root canal treatment and a crown after fracturing a tooth, and was instead offered only an extraction. He took his case citing it as cruel and unusual but the prisoner, who is serving a sentence for murdering and dismembering his victim, had his case thrown out in court. I also see that the first private dental school in England is to begin classes in a cinema, while building work is completed on the clinics. Marathon Man or Finding Nemo might end up on the curriculum.

As this is my last President’s News, I wish to take the opportunity to thank members for their help and support during the year. I wish the incoming President, Dr Sean Malone, the very best of luck for his year as President.

See you all in Galway!

Dr Andrew Bolas