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Welsh Dentistry mess continues

Just four dentists outside South East Wales are taking on new NHS patients leaving the majority of the country with no access to an NHS dentist. This follows the news last month that hundreds of dentists are quitting the NHS in Wales unless there are radical changes to the new contract.

There are no dentists in Ceredigion, Camarthenshire and Pembrokeshire taking on any new NHS patients. In North Wales, just one practice in Barmouth has space on its books for additional adults.

The picture is as grim in Powys, where Builth Wells Hospital and a dental practice in Ystradgynlais – are the only two currently accepting new patients.

In South West Wales, a lone dental surgery in Maesteg is still registering new patients on the NHS, according to information from NHS Direct Wales.

Only a handful of dentists are still accepting children below secondary school age in North, Mid and West Wales. Most dentists in Wales who are still accepting new patients are doing so on a private basis only, to get themselves off the ‘NHS treadmill.’

Commenting on the crisis, shadow health minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas said: ‘The situation throughout Wales is dire but the minister and the Government seem to be totally complacent. There is no sense of urgency in implementing the new contract or enticing people back into the NHS.’

Chief Dental Officer for Wales, Dr Paul Langmaid said: ‘There appears to have been some confusion concerning some aspects of the proposed new dental contract, especially with selective acceptance.

‘We want dentists to continue caring for their established patient base and this applies to children. Given the concern and misunderstanding about the proposals we will be putting the matter beyond doubt in producing revised guidance.

‘We are very aware of the issues facing NHS dentistry not only in Wales but across the UK. That is why we have taken action to address this and we are already seeing
the results.’

 Posted on : Tue 6th - Dec - 2005

 

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