Yesterday George Osborne announced the new governor of the Bank of England. The current governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, appears to be an inspirational choice and certainly not what the bookies had expected especially after Carney had appeared to turn down the job at the very outset.
So, what about dentistry? Are there parallels with the Bank of England? On the face of it, it’s a familiar story. Years, if not decades, of underachievement. Catastrophic performance leading to a broken profession. Suffering of those affected – patients/taxpayers. A lack of enthusiasm for change.
Perhaps it’s time for a change in the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) of England. Can the Department of Health be as bold at the Chancellor of the Exchequer? Given that we are in the process of creating a new NHS dental contract do we really want the same person who was involved with the universally derided 2006 contract (even derided by Lord Howe) to be in charge of designing and implementing it?
I believe it’s time to be bold and make the change. I also believe that it would be time to be bold and choose a new CDO who isn’t from the current list of “establishment names”. Going abroad might be a step too far for the gaurdians of our beloved NHS but bold I believe the Department must be.