Short cuts

Published: 31/01/2002, Volume II2, No. 5790 Page 8

The British Dental Association is backing an official investigation into the huge disparities in treatment charges in private dentistry.The Office of Fair Trading, which conducted a preliminary study highlighting concerns over competition, openness and price transparency, is taking up the inquiry and is due to report back at the end of the year. It will focus on the provision of private and NHS dental services as well as the incentives on offer to develop new services.OFT director general John Vickers said: 'Our preliminary study has given grounds to suspect the market is not working well for dental patients.'A spokesman for the BDA said: 'Patients should always be given a full treatment plan with costs prior to committing themselves to treatment.'