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NHS dentistry plans come under the spotlight

Published on 16/11/2009
There have been problems with NHS dental care access since the early 90s, according to a new consultation from the Department of Health.

Primary Care Trusts are currently working towards a goal of ensuring that anyone seeking NHS dentistry can access it by March 2011.

Dr Anthony Halperin, dentist and vice-chairman of The Patients Association, said: "The main concern is whether or not in the future the Primary Care Trusts, once again, are going to have sufficient money to be able to deliver this access to care."

He added that with cutbacks, new proposals and salary structure changes within the NHS, many dentists may be forced to leave the sector.

According to the most recent NHS Dental Statistics, in the two years ending 30 June 2009, the number of patients seen was 27.7 million - 0.6 per cent more compared to the previous 24-month period ending in March 2009.

The number of patients seen as a proportion of the population was 54.1 per cent.

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