NHS dentist exodus leaves poorest without free care | News

Half of high street dentists are planning to cut all ties with the NHS, potentially leaving millions of patients with no access to treatment or routine check-ups.

The British Dental Association (BDA) said pressures on the service meant that thousands of dentists were going private, warning: “This is how NHS dentistry will die.”

It said that the “unprecedented collapse in NHS commitment” was having a catastrophic impact on patients, some of whom had resorted to pulling out their own teeth.

Dentists have traditionally done a mix of NHS and private work, but many say that it is no longer financially viable to offer NHS treatment due to a lack of government funding.

This has caused an exodus to the private sector, with 3,000 dentists quitting


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