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DPA
Dental Practitioners Association
Founded 1954
Members 2,500 (2009)
Country United Kingdom
Affiliation Independent
Key people Brian Levy BDS (President), Jim Donaldson BDS (Chairman), Derek Watson BDS (CEO)
Office location London, UK
Website www.uk-dentistry.org
Last updated 9th March 2009

The Dental Practitioners Association, previously known as the General Dental Practitioners Association is a trade union for dentists in general practice in the United Kingdom. It is based in Harley Street in London.

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History

On November 9th 1953 a group of dentists lead by Dr Malik met in East London [1]. In 1954 they formed the General Dental Practitioners Association in response to a perceived failure of the British Dental Association to lobby aggressively on behalf of general dental practitioners who had joined the National Health Service at its inception in 1948 only to see the first NHS patient charges imposed on dentures and successive cuts in dental fees.

In those early days, the associate met in London, often at dental supply houses. Members included Mr Combiere, qualified in law, Herbert Murray the first treasurer, Frank Barlow, Hans Orlay (a pioneer of implants with titanium), Sidney Smith and Ian Simpson (the first GDPA member of the General Dental Council).

Alan d'Arcy Fearn became President of both the GDPA and the BDA and the longest ever serving member of the GDC (35 years), a record never likely to be equalled.

Structure

Unlike the British Dental Association, membership of the DPA is restricted to dentists in high-street practice. As a trade union the DPA is subject to the full provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 as amended, and must hold elections for the Chairman and Secretary and for membership of its principle executive committee, the Council.

Activity

The Dental Practitioners Association's aims, contained in the Rules, are to represent general dental practitioners in the UK, to maintain the status of the profession, to improve its members terms and conditions and to assist and provide services for members. It provides a podcast relevant to dentistry in the UK. Benefits for member dentists include contracts and the industry-standard Private Fees and Wages Guide which is compiled from a survey of private fees charged by members.

The DPA maintains contacts with government and others that enable it to provide a briefing service to help members reduce their business risk in the UK dental market. The DPA also actively considers alternative dental treatment provision systems with the objective of promoting oral health in the UK. It gives evidence annually to the Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration on general dental practitioners' terms and conditions.

Magazine

Members receive a bimonthly magazine the GDP (formerly the General Dental Practitioner, formerly The Probe) (Identifier: ISSN:0954-4186 ;BNB:GB8958084). This began as a newsletter in 1954 and was turned by Sol Chandler, an experienced Fleet Street journalist into a magazine, The Probe, in 1958. Ken Brown took over as Editor in 1964. In 1968 a contract was signed with Bouverie Press which saw the magazine expand to 56 pages in 1973. The magazine was purchased by Ken Brown in 1982. When the Probe name was sold to an independent publisher the GDPA magazine was relaunched as the General Dental Practitioner. The title was later abbreviated to the GDP with effect from vol. 8, no. 6 (July/Aug. 1996).

Miscellany

The external facade of the DPA's premises in Harley Street in 1968 is shown briefly in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) called 'When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things?'

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References

  1. ^ Letter Brian Lux 28th April 2005 - on file
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