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A Leicester dentist has slammed NHS practices for going private in the wake of the new contract and has opened his books to 2,000 new patients.

The Windsor Dental Practice has boosted its patient list by 50% and has employed a new dentist to accommodate the rise.

Principal dentist Sanjay Chandarana said that he took the decision because he was concerned about the negative message the public is receiving. He wanted to reassure patients that there are still NHS practices available.

He said: ‘We have a professional and moral duty to stay NHS. The time for wavering has gone. We (the profession) are getting a lot of bad press and my first duty is to my patients.’ He added: ‘We’re determined not to go private because we’d be giving up. If we jump ship, the message to the public and the PCTs is negative and I’m determined not to let that happen.’

Dr Chandarana said that he agreed to take on new patients even before the NHS salaried contracts were finalised, after being contacted by people desperate to register with an NHS dentist.
He said: ‘I’m sick of hearing about the treadmill. I try to work in the best interest of my patients and not my bank account.’

Feeling strongly that dentists should support the new contract, he adds: ‘The option to go private will always be there. As a
profession, we should give it our full support and if it fails because of bad planning or government error, that is not our fault. We will come out looking professional.’

Practice manager Nimisha Chandarana said that she expected the practice to be inundated with requests. She said: ‘The local radio has had us on the news every hour. We want to say to the public; ‘We’re here. We’re still taking on patients.’

 Posted on : Wed 11th - Jan - 2006

 

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