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Is NHS Dentistry effectively dead..?
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Fron Guardian this morning
1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
Healthwatch England conducted a review of 1,375 people’s experiences shared with its local teams and found that some people had been asked to wait for three years for an NHS dentist appointment, but were told that private care could be available within a week.
and I suspect a lot of dentists are playing the system, as per.
Furlough on 80% pay is probably more of an attractive option than going into work and having the hassle of PPE equipment, limited space/appointments, drop in income, etc
Imelda Redmond, national director of Healthwatch England, told PA: “New arrangements should include making access to NHS dental services equal and affordable for everyone, regardless of where people live, their income and ethnicity.
Pfft! I'll believe t when it see it..
Self employed people certainly do get government grants. I recall a Brighton drag queen getting £200 000+ from the government due to loss of earnings, lol. Hairdressers beauticians etc also got help from the government.
The Press were all over it like a rash. Google Le Gateau Chocolat if you're interested.
Also, why post that "hairdressers beauticians etc also got help from the government" completely out of context of this thread? The majority will have been self employed, and if they applied & were eligible, they would have had support. But they were forced to close. Dentists had to stay open.
The furlough was caped at £2500 gross per month so I would imagine not many dentists would have been better off!
We saw a hell of a lot more patients face to face than our local GP's!
The reason we are all seeing private patients more is that is the only way to keep the doors open. the NHS grossly underfunds Optometry and dentistry and because of the NHS people do not really have a grasp of the real cost of healthcare
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