Coronavirus: Northern Ireland Updates

Last Updated: 13 November 2020

Please find attached joint letter from all Chief Dental Officers in the UK offering support to the dental profession throughout the second wave of covid-19.

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The Department of Health have issued an updated FAQ on the Financial Support Scheme (FSS) for General Dental Services (GDS) in Northern Ireland.

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Following mounting pressure from our NI Dental Practice Committee throughout the week, the NI Department of Health has published details of a revised financial support package.

GDPs in Northern Ireland can expect to receive 80% of gross IoS payments – including patient contributions – plus capitation payments and other allowances. In return, it is expected that the staff costs associated with the normal delivery of HSC dental care will continue to be paid by GDPs. Finally, the letter implies that GDPs will be allowed to claim wider government support schemes to cover the shortfall in private earnings.

The NI Health and Social Care Board has written to all GDPs to announce its decision to close the out of hours dental clinics. These clinics have now been designated as acute sites and under new guidelines patients will no longer be able to attend. GDPs have been asked to make interim local arrangements for out of hours patients from this point onwards – including over the coming weekend. All practices will have to amend their phone messages accordingly.

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Emergency Dental Care Clinics are being set up to provide urgent care in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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See the latest information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Northern Ireland

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Health and Social Care Board has issued a letter to all Nothern Ireland General Dental Practitioners to outline a strategic plan for General Dental Services and updated Guidance for General Dental Practice.

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