The programme was aired at 9pm Monday 23rd May 2011. The programme brought to light the term “gaming” amongst the NHS dental profession, a number of dentists who are exploiting loop holes within the system. It appeared that there is confusion not only amongst the general public but also amongst the dental profession.
Most shocking was the demonstration that a number of dentists were putting their own financial gain above the needs of their patients. The programme also exposed dentists who are waiting until patients are lying back in the chair before telling them they must pay hundreds of pounds for private treatment, which should be available on the NHS.
Dispatches also revealed that children’s teeth are being neglected under the NHS and that cost-cutting dentists are outsourcing lab work to countries like China where there are little or no checks on safety or quality.
All NHS dentists have knowingly signed a contract which in the most part is unworkable in order to secure a good supply of patients and most surprisingly on average mixed practices (NHS and Private) were generating a bigger income than solely private dentists.
The programme has certainly brought once again NHS dentistry to the forefront of health provision discussion and brought the profession as a whole into disrepute. If you missed the show, you can view the programme here.
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