The BDA has published a survey of its GDP members which indicates that almost 58% of dentists who responded are planning on turning away from NHS dentistry in the next 5 years. GDPC chair, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen said: “Practices across the UK are already reporting major recruitment problems. This is a crisis made in Westminster, and Westminster must respond.”
Practice Plan has published its latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey and, for the first time, private dentists have been approached for comment too. The focus for this survey switched from the profession’s confidence in the future of NHS dentistry to their happiness levels working within it. The results show a deep gulf between the happiness levels of NHS dentists compared to private dentists.
A mydentist practice in Taunton, Somerset is to close due to ‘high running costs’. The practice team has written to patients telling them it will no longer offer NHS or private dental services after the end of October. NHS England says the practice recently handed in its NHS contract and dental provision in the area is being reviewed.
A new map of the UK which depicts levels of NHS dental access for children aged two and under has been created for the first time by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD). The map has been drawn up to coincide with the national launch of Dental Check by One.The data highlights the challenges that lie ahead in raising public awareness of this important milestone in children’s oral health.
New data from NHS digital show that the total number of written complaints from patients about primary care practices in 2016-17 was 90,579, an increase of 9.7% since last year. Of these complaints with 83.2% were related to GPs and 14.6% to dental practices. Just over half of these (50.2%) were not upheld.
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay resulting in a reduction in the need for fillings. Currently about 7 million fillings are provided by the NHS each year in England alone. Tooth decay imposes a huge financial burden on the NHS, particularly in Northern Ireland says the University.