London Lite Tuesday, 27 October 2009 15 Anger at NHS dentists paid 200k a year Criticsblastneedlesscheck-ups Schoolwhere thesmallfry serveuplunch Liam Gallagher plans new band OASIS frontman Liam Gallagher has announced plans to start a new band. Liam, 37, whose older brother Noel quit in the summer and has already said he will launch a solo career, aims to form his band in the new year. Disney Einstein DVDs not clever DISNEY has offered parents who bought its educational DVDs a refund as they may be harmful to childrens development. Disney defended its Baby Einstein discs, but gave refunds after research said TV is harmful for under-twos. Princes Patel joke gaffe at reception for British Indians Joker: the Duke of Edinburgh THE pay of NHS dentists has been branded ridiculous after it emerged that two in London each earned more than 200,000 in a year. A Freedom Of Information request showed the pair, from Hounslow, made more than twice the national average for dentists of 89,000. The revelation comes two months after it emerged that at least 5,200 dentists, one in four, were making more than 100,000 nationwide. It sparked an outcry from campaigners over NHS dentists pay packets, which have grown since new contracts were introduced in 2006. The deal means they are paid for the number of procedures they carry out rather than how many patients are on their books. The number of complex treatments has since fallen. Only 58.3 per cent of the population saw an NHS dentist in the two years to March. The disparity in wages is underlined in Hounslow, where the average dentists salary is about 66,000 but the two high- lighted earned 218,000 and 216,000. John Lister, of campaign group London Health Emergency, said: This amount of money is becoming ridiculous. Dentistry has been a disaster for suc- cessive governments. It is the only area of the NHS where people expect to pay a lump sum. No other area of the health service can get away with that. A lot of those dentists are being paid private-sector salaries to keep them in the NHS. This formula is clearly not working. We still have people who can- not get access to an NHS dentist. Critics of the new contract say dentists can boost their earnings by inviting patients back for needless check-ups. A British Dental Association spokes- man said: Dentists, almost uniquely in the NHS, carry the business risk of their surgeries and are responsible for provid- ing premises, equipment and staff. by georgina littlejohn OLD-FASHIONED lunch rules are being revived at one school to teach pupils table manners and social skills. All children at the City Academy in Hackney must eat a hot, balanced meal every day in the dining hall, where they take turns to lay tables, serve each other and clear away. Principal Mark Emmerson said: Having a child serve other children, and rotating these roles, creates a sense of fairness. PRINCE PHILIP has put his foot in it again by joking about the name Patel. It happened at a 400-strong Buckingham Palace reception for British Indians. As guests lined up to meet him and the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, 88, looked at the name badge of businessman Atul Patel and said: Theres a lot of your family in tonight. A spokesman for Mr Patel, who heads housing agency the LHA-Asra group, confirmed the conversation took place, but said the 47-year-old executive took it as a joke. The spokesman added: Absolutely no offence was taken at all by Atul. It was taken in a very light-hearted way. Patel is a common Indian name, with an estimated 670,000 Patels living in Britain. This was the latest in a series of gaffes by Prince Philip. In 2002, he asked an aborigine whether he was still throwing spears. In 1986 he suggested that a group of exchange students staying in the Chinese city of Xian might come home slitty-eyed. Classy restaurant: a City Academy pupil plays waiter H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html