Archive for the ‘NHS Dentistry’ Category

New study suggests a third of dental practices may go private

New study suggests a third of dental practices may go private

A new study suggests that a third of dentists are considering ceasing NHS services and treating private patients only. A poll conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA) revealed that one in three dentists are thinking about switching to private dentistry. In addition, many others are contemplating retiring or quitting the profession. The findings of […]


Nicola Sturgeon vows to banish dental charges for Scottish patients in election manifesto

Nicola Sturgeon vows to banish dental charges for Scottish patients in election manifesto

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has revealed ambitious plans for the NHS in her party’s election manifesto. Among the measures are free dental care and increased social care funding worth £800 million. In total, the manifesto pledges to raise spending on health services in Scotland by £2.5 billion and to boost infrastructure investment by over […]


NHS dental professionals in Wales to receive a bonus

NHS dental professionals in Wales to receive a bonus

NHS dental professionals in Wales are set to receive a bonus payment, the Welsh Government has confirmed. The Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, confirmed that a bonus payment for NHS staff, which was announced recently in recognition of the Herculean pandemic response, will cover dental workers. The response comes after the British […]


Free PPE to be available until 2022 for NHS dental providers

Free PPE to be available until 2022 for NHS dental providers

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that free PPE will be available for NHS dental providers until 2022. Plans to provide NHS facilities with free PPE until the end of March 2021 have been extended until the end of March 2022. A review was carried out as the initial deadline loomed, […]


NHS dental fees frozen in England and Wales

NHS dental fees frozen in England and Wales

Fees for NHS dental treatment have not increased this April in England or Wales. Traditionally, charges for NHS dentistry rise slightly in April every year, but this year, fees have been frozen. The Department for Health and Social Care confirmed that NHS charges would not increase in April 2021. The news comes after prices increased […]


Health watchdog reveals no dental practices in Leeds are taking on new NHS patients

Health watchdog reveals no dental practices in Leeds are taking on new NHS patients

A health watchdog has revealed that there are currently no dental practices in Leeds taking on new NHS patients. Representatives from Healthwatch Leeds suggested that it is not possible to find any clinics that are willing to take on NHS patients in the city. Stuart Morrison, from the watchdog, said that there have already been […]


Dental professionals benefiting from NHS #LookingAfterYouToo service

Dental professionals benefiting from NHS #LookingAfterYouToo service

Dental professionals across the country are benefiting from a new service launched to support NHS staff. The NHS #LookingAfterYouToo service is a confidential coaching service, which was established in 2020 to provide additional support during the pandemic. It is estimated that over 7,000 coaching sessions have already been booked by NHS staff. The free service […]


Carlisle patients urged to find new dentist after practice ceases NHS services

Carlisle patients urged to find new dentist after practice ceases NHS services

Dental patients in Carlisle have been urged to find a new dentist or pay for private care after a local practice confirmed it would cease to provide NHS services. Patients with Plumfield Dental Practice on Warwick Road say they are shocked and disappointed to receive a letter detailing plans to end NHS provision. Many patients […]


Health watchdog brands dental information provided during lockdown ‘inconsistent and confusing’

Health watchdog brands dental information provided during lockdown ‘inconsistent and confusing’

A health watchdog has suggested that some dental services provided ‘inconsistent and confusing’ information during the Covid-19 lockdown.  According to a review conducted by Healthwatch, which was carried out between April and June 2020, many people found information provided by dental services unhelpful. The report was compiled based on the experiences of almost 20,000 people. […]


Health watchdog suggests dental patients looking for non-urgent treatment are paying for private care

Health watchdog suggests dental patients looking for non-urgent treatment are paying for private care

A health watchdog has suggested that patients who are looking for non-essential dental treatment are being forced to pay for private care.  Representatives from Healthwatch England claim to have received several calls from patients who were unable to access services at an NHS clinic. People have contacted the body after failing to get an appointment […]