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Are we getting ‘Third World’ dental care in from NHS England?

The Daily Telegraph recently published an article based an open letter it received, which was signed by 400 dentists, detailing how they felt that standards of NHS dental care in England was more like a “Third World” service.

The letter stated that the current level of care was “unfit for purpose”, and was in fact getting worse!   The dentists justified this claim by using the formation a specialist service for vulnerable patients in West Yorkshire by international charity Dentaid.  The letter discusses the limitations and failures of the current system and how the charity, Dentaid, usually works in Third World countries.

Why in modern times are we having to offering emergency care to migrants, homeless people, migrants or the low paid?  The letter claims it: “serves to demonstrate the lack of a proper national dental service.” It goes on to highlight dentist concerns over the levels of tooth decay in children and calls it a “national disgrace”.

NHS England responded to the letter:

“These claims are wrong – more patients are getting the dental care they need, and 93% of people got an NHS dental appointment when they wanted one in the last 24 months.”


Nobody really likes going to the dentist especially if you are going for fillings, extraction or root canal, but it is a necessary evil and it is important we all go for our check ups on a regular basis.  99% of the time you will receive good quality care but there will be the odd occasion when you maybe needed specialist treatment that things went wrong.  At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have specialist solicitors who have experience dealing with dental claims if a dentist or dental practitioner has caused you necessary pain and discomfort.

We offer a free initial interview in order to review your specific circumstances and assess the viability of your clinical negligence claim.

To speak to one of our specialist team call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 093 2030, or complete our simple enquiry form and we can call you back at a time to suit you.



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