Tories Set to Destroy NHS Dentistry with Majority Considering Leaving Health Service

I found this very worrying article by Rachel Burnett in Monday’s I, for the 2nd October 2017. Entitled ‘NHS dentistry facing ‘existential crisis’ with majority set to leave, it reads

More than half of dentists are planning to leave the NHS within the next five years, a survey has found.

A study by the British Dental Association (BDA) has revealed that around 58 per cent want to move on, mostly to private work. Others want to go overseas, retire or to move out of dentistry.

It also found that 53 per cent of young and newly qualified NHS dentists, aged under 35, plan to leave.

Henrik Overgaard, BDA chairman of General Dental Practice, called for government reforms to avoid a “crisis”.

He said: “These young dentists are the backbone of the dental workforce, and losing them at the start of their careers raises existential questions about the future of the service.”

The survey was carried out in June-July 2017, with 1,212 questionnaires completed.

Around 42 per cent of those young dentists who plan on leaving said they will focus on private practice, the results show.

Harman Chahal, chairman of the BDA’s Young Dentists’ Committee, said he decided to leave the NHS practice in April.

He added that young NHS dentists are “offered no reward for going above and beyond, just the constant threat of penalties for not hitting government targets.”

I don’t doubt that there are many complex factors not mentioned in the article, but this seems to me to be another step in the privatization of the health service, and particularly the decimation of an already seriously threatened dental service. I can remember way back in the late 1980s when Thatcher refused to increase NHS dentists’ pay, and thousands thus left the NHS. At the moment it can be very hard to find an NHS dentist, and many are suffering because they simply can’t afford to go.

This is just another example of how much that liar and fraud Jeremy Hunt and the rest of the Tories ‘cherish’ the NHS. Well, he said in his own book that he wanted to privatize it, and the Tories have been privatizing it by stealth since Thatcher won in 1979.

I’m heartily sick and tired of it and them. Get Jez, May, Boris and the other Tory vultures seeking to privatize the NHS now.

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4 Responses to “Tories Set to Destroy NHS Dentistry with Majority Considering Leaving Health Service”

  1. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. 61chrissterry Says:

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    As you say this is exceedingly worrying, especially as there is currently a shortage of NHS Dentists.

    However, do these young dentists realise that if there is a sudden large influx of dentists into the private sector then this could diminish the profits they wish to receive. In many ways a constant flow of regular guaranteed income is more beneficial that the possibility of some form of private income. There is supply and demand in all areas and this applies to the private sector in the same ways as the public sector.

    That been said any decisions for anyone to leave the NHS is not at all good for those of us who have to rely on the NHS as we do not have the funds to go private.

    There is a need to keep a check on quality but are targets the best way, for when you are concentrating on meeting certain targets your attention could be diverted away from other areas, which are as of equal importance, but no targets have been set.
    I do worry regarding the constant push in the NHS to privatisation, as will be the case in dentistry should there be a further reduction in available dentists this does not mean the population will follow them to the private sector, they will most likely not visit the dentists. In the longer term this will then create more pressures on an already pressurised NHS leading to a serious decline in the health if persons within the UK. This will then have a disastrous effect on employment and there attendance rates, which in turn will create a lack of sustainability in the economy of the UK. Everything is interrelated from birth to death and all the levels in between.

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  4. vondreassen Says:

    I gave up when my NHS dentist told me I didn’t have good enough bone for implants – Liar ! I eventually used all my saving in Budapest
    great result so I can eat properly again; Bad teeth means bad diet = bad health – more NHS cost…

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