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Sheffield NHS Dentist Taking on New Patients Analysis

Local / Sheffield Jun 28, 2009 - 01:26 AM GMT

By: N_Walayat

Local

The local newspaper, the Sheffield Star recently reported Kate Jones, director of Dental Public Health at NHS Sheffield stating that: "There are currently 18 dental practices taking on new NHS patients in Sheffield.


"Sheffield has one of the highest levels of NHS provision for dental patients in the UK. In the last 2 years, 67.3 per cent of the people of Sheffield have been seen by an NHS dentist.

"There are still places available for those people who are looking for a dentist. NHS Sheffield is in the top 20 NHS organisations in the country for local spending per head on dental services."

However the statistics and press statements do not exactly match the reality of patient experience as illustrated by data obtained by the Dr Spencer Pitfield, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Penistone and Stocksbridge that shows that 1/3rd of the people in Sheffield have not seen a dentist in 2 years.

To test the actual state of dentistry in Sheffield, I called 10 dentists in the city on numbers obtained from the Dental help line to see if they are willing to register new patients and of the 10 called only 4 or 40% are willing to take on new NHS patients.

The response from M. P. Dewar, the Darnall Main Road dental surgery was typical i.e.

NW - "Are you taking on NHS patients ?"

Dental Practice - "No, we are not taking on any new NHS patients"

NW - "Then why is the NHS help line giving me your number to call"

Dental Practice - " I don't know why, they should not be"

NW -" Do you see patients in an emergency"

Dental Practice - "No, you need to call the dental help line, I can give you the number"

I was under the impression that ALL Dentists were obliged to see patients in the case of dental emergencies, apparently this is no longer the case and hence no wonder that 1/3rd of Sheffielders have given up on trying to see a dentist.

A good first step would be for the Sheffield Dental help line to update their records so that they DID NOT give out phone numbers for dental practices that DO NOT accept NHS patients.

By Nadeem Walayat
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk

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