8:11 PM 8th February 2024
8 In 10 Dentists Seeing Cases Of ‘DIY’ Dentistry
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The British Dental Association has warned Government it needs to produce a recovery plan for NHS dentistry worthy of the title, as a new survey shows ‘DIY’ dentistry is now rampant across the country.
A poll of 500 UK dentists shows 82% have treated patients who have taken matters into their own hands since lockdown
The professional body has lamented the growing number of cases of life-threatening dental sepsis, with new reports from Royal Liverpool Dental Hospital of children as young as three with the condition, alongside an epidemic of DIY cases, and even patients requiring dental treatment as a result of scurvy.
Liverpool would not benefit from trailed plans from the Department of Health to pour hundreds of millions into rural practices, a move the BDA believe is wilfully ignoring the national scale of this crisis.
A recovery plan was first pledged by Government last Spring and is now expected within the week. Ministers have rejected Health and Social Care Committee recommendations to make a clean break from the discredited contract fuelling the exodus from the NHS workforce and the access crisis facing millions.
BDA Chair Eddie Crouch said:
“Day in, day out dentists in our hospitals are seeing scenes straight out of a Dickens novel.
“Ministers need to take some responsibility. A wealthy 21st Century nation is slipping back to the Victorian era on their watch.”