The ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Dentistry – a profession wide commitment’ report has been published today by the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group (DDAG).
It marks the DDAG’s commitment to collaborative action and shows the dental organisations which have pledged to some key principles for change, including actively committing to addressing racism and discrimination, exploring and developing opportunities for representation and inclusion, and organisational commitment to change at all levels.
Welcoming the report, Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection and a member of the DDAG stakeholder group, said:
“We welcome this vital report and are pleased it has been supported by a wide range of dental organisations. There is a duty on all of us in the dental profession to ensure we play our part in creating a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.
“An ongoing commitment is needed if we are to reap the many benefits of cultural competence within the profession and reduce the risk of ethnocentricity. This can affect the patient experience and may also have a detrimental effect on treatment outcomes.
“We know that inclusivity lies at the heart of progress and at Dental Protection we are committed to taking active steps in this area - that’s why we have set up a Diversity and Inclusion forum within MPS to drive this forward, reflect on our own diversity and inclusion, and ensure we are providing the best possible support to all healthcare professionals.”
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