Lancashire is a dentist desert: what private dentists and our readers have to say about it
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The findings, released by the BBC, created a stir across Lancashire, with many expressing dissaproval and others admitting it comes as no surprise.
What do private dentists say about Lancashire’s NHS dentistry crisis?
The Post approached Denplan, the country’s leading dental plan specialists, and asked what they thought about the new findings.
Dr Sneh Khemka, CEO at Simplyhealth and Denplan, replied: “The NHS is under unprecedented strain, exacerbated by the pandemic and dentistry is no exception. We have been seeing this trend for some years, dentists are leaving the profession and the current shortfall comes as no surprise to us. The country needs to look at different solutions and we are starting proper conversations with government which will allow affordable access to dentistry for all. Denplan has been offering choice to patients for the last four decades enabling them to spread the cost of dental care if it is needed, avoiding large, unexpected bills.”
What did our readers say about Lancashire’s NHS dentistry crisis?
Nicki Livesey: “as a dental nurse many years ago for 22years, in my 20's, my boss and I sat discussing in 30 years time, there will be no NHS dentists! This was just as private dentists were able to be private, but not allowed to advertise!!!"
Ian Duffy: “Twelve years of Government neglect means stuff like this is sadly inevitable”
Wendy Keogh: “I could have told them this about two years ago.”
Elizabeth Ashcroft: “The ONLY reason I can get an appointment is because I'm lucky enough to have dental cover with work so can go private. I'd hate to think what state my teeth would be in if I had to rely on an NHS dentist.”
Have any readers been affected by Lancashire’s NHS dentistry crisis?
Pauline Lfc Hacker: “No Dentist are accepting NHS patients I've been...ringing since last year still nothing.”
Linda Gibbings: “I have got my first check up in 3 years its ridiculous"
Julie Moss:”I struggled to get an NHS dentist and was desperate as my crown had come out. Finally got seen as an emergency four months later. After that, I went private, paying monthly."
Joan Ellen Gibbons: “Impossible to get one now. I was offered a clean and Polish for £240 from a non NHS dentist! That is ridiculous.”
Joanne Amos: “I couldn't get one even for an emergency when I fell and smashed my face. However, I have since joined a private one and the difference in care is unbelievable. Obviously at a far higher cost but totally worth it. Luckily I am in a position to afford this (just). I would imagine some dentists will also use this against people and hike the costs because people are stuck for choice.”