Over the years there have been many issues for people trying to find a local dentist who will still accept NHS patients and the recent news from the British Dental Association (BDA) would indicate there are more worrying times ahead.
In an article on 1st October in The Times they have reported that over half of dentists in the UK are looking to move away from the NHS within the next 5 years.
A study by the British Dental Association (BDA) discovered that about 58 per cent wanted to move on, either to private work, overseas, into retirement or out of dentistry altogether. It also found that 53 per cent of young and newly qualified NHS dentists, aged under 35, intended on leaving.
Recent data from NHS Digital has confirmed that dentists in England and Wales have seen almost a 35% fall in income over the last 10 years and this shows no obvious signs of recovery. Young dentists (aged 35 or younger) have seen their average income reduce by £20,000 as their student debt levels have topped £70,000.
Information sourced from The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/ and https://bda.org/news-centre/press-releases/Half-of-NHS-young-dentists-heading-for-the-exit
So where does that leave the UK’s patients when it comes to finding a dentist?
Luckily there are thousands of private dentists in the UK who are still accepting new patients. Yes, the treatment may be more expensive than having your dental work completed by a NHS dentist but seeing a private dentist may also have the advantages of offering shorter waiting times in more comfortable surroundings and without having to travel to far from your chosen location.
If you are looking for a private dentist in your local area or close to your work location, the Medigest Business Directory may be able to help you. For more information, please visit https://www.medigest.uk/directory/