The British Dental Association is very concerned that there is a shortage of NHS dentists and has been lobbying government and MPs to improve access to NHS dentistry. It is government underfunding of NHS dentistry over many years which has left many patients without an NHS dentist. Dentists do not leave the NHS for ideological reasons but because they are struggling to cover their overheads, which amount to 55 per cent of their income. Despite its pledge that the NHS will be there when people need it, the Government is not taking sufficient action to ensure that this is true of dentistry. It has failed to release pounds 12m it has promised to improve access problems.
Most patients are happy with their dental treatment. A Harris poll carried out only this month found that nine out of ten people are happy with the care and treatment they receive from their dentist.
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