The British Dental Association (BDA) has released a statement following the EU Referendum.
In the early hours of this morning it was decided that Britain had voted to leave the European Union (EU), since then many have had their say, now included in that is the BDA.
Although the entirety of Scotland voted against leaving the EU it was still decided to exit our union with Europe. Like many things the EU affects UK dentistry in a number of areas including the movement of dentists and dental care professionals, the import of dental equipment and materials, as well as in health and safety legislation.
In an article we shared last week, the changes that may be made in dentistry following a vote to leave was highlighted. Including how it will affect the status of European dentists trying to enter the country to work here, the cost of running a dental practice and employment. You can read the article on Dentistry.co.uk HERE.
Chairman of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, is known for arguing for Brexit and during a debate he said:
“The training approved by the government or GDC after Brexit is down to the GDC, but what happens in the future will be up to the British government after Brexit.”
Following the announcement of the leave, Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA, said.
“We did not take a position in this referendum,”
“Our prerogative is to ensure this profession is heard by any governments making decisions that impact on care, wherever they are based, and whatever happens at the ballot box.”
“Today that role remains unchanged.”
“At this early stage we do not know what shape Brexit will take, but it could certainly mean significant changes for both dental regulation and the dental workforce.”
“We will aim to ensure withdrawal works for dentists.”
“We will offer support, advice and protect the interests of our membership, and work with our international partners where UK dentists can benefit.”
The BDA has vowed to keep in touch with members following the EU withdrawal and advise them of the full implications.