," I WILL NOT SUE THE NHS". -Kevin Lewis NEC May 13, 2022.
If you get the chance, see Kevin Lewis. This was his final statement on his talk "Outside the Box". He is a great speaker, and at his age not too worried about being stuck off by the GDC.
Accidents do happen, or in legal speak, poor outcomes. As you will know we need to point out that we learn from mistakes as has been shown by the airline industry and the black box. If an error is made it’s a learning process. If we keep making the same error as opposed to a poor outcome then further action is required.
One interesting aspect of the air industry was it was started by the Wright brothers with limited resources, and limited education unlike Samuel Pierpont Langley who had both. Our NHS was set up by Nye Bevan who left school aged 14 to work in a coal mine, it would be interesting to speculate on what he thought of our NHS now, as well as the motivation of those who administer it.
Many dentists went down the private route, around 2006 with a misleading media spin. Many dentists I know went private years ago in order to provide a better service for their patients. Often for less money. The high earners that everybody heard about were at the time working mainly in the NHS.
General dentists are nervous about carrying out relatively straightforward procedures because of the potential poor outcomes. As dentistry has "progressed" it has become more specialised so that certain incremental changes in treatment produce minor improvement in outcomes at a much greater cost. Does this serve the general good on the nation? Can we change the perception?
As a general dentist working to provide a great service we should not be stressed by the worry of litigation. Invariably there will be occasions when things do not go as either the Dentist or the patient would like. If there was a ceiling in the cost of litigation dependent on the service provided, with an adjustment slightly higher than recommend by Kevin, with a suitable written contract you could work without the persistent worry of being sued. All evidence shows you get better outcomes when none of you are stressed and this applies to the dentist as well as the patient. And spending five minutes talking to your patients, rather than ten writing up the notes will reduce litigation.
The Quote was from Kevin Lewis. I couldn't find it on my phone. But this is one of his recent articles.
This video I made before I retired, it was a bit controversial, so I used the software to change the language to Spanish. A future version of the App could be available in mutiple languages or modified for your voice.
After a while, when using an ultrasonic scaler, my mind drifts off. Sometimes I even wonder what I am doing, and why? In March 2016 Mrs Collins isolated premolar supporting her CoCr -/p was M2 and bleeding. Desperate measures were required, so I sent her a YouTube video form the excellent group Perio Courses. In July 2020 she still has no bleeding, no mobility, and a lower denture she likes-even more unusual. She was the tipping point for my teeth4life APP.