ADG welcomes joint Brexit letter from BDIA and FIDE to Michael Barnier and David Davis
The Association of Dental Groups (ADG) welcomes and supports the joint letter from the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) and Federation of the European Dental Industry (FIDE) to the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michael Barnier and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis.
The letter stresses the importance of maintaining the ability to transfer innovative dental technology easily and simply between the EU and the UK.
ADG Chair David Worskett said: “It is essential to plan ahead for the changes that Brexit will bring for dentistry, as the sector looks likely to be especially hard-hit unless the right steps are taken quickly.
“The BDIA and FIDE rightly focus on dental technology and equipment as very important in terms of maintaining the highest levels of care for patients. However, what’s even more important is the supply of EU dentists on which the NHS is hugely dependent.
“The profession is already beginning to suffer from reduced workforce supply and recruitment issues as a result of Brexit and this will get much worse unless the government recognises the seriousness of the problem and adopts a proactive approach in good time.”
He concludes: “To ensure quality outcomes and access to NHS dentistry for patients this will remain a key priority for the ADG moving forward.”
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