NHS DENTISTS AS RARE AS HEN’S TEETH

I think I’ll go into the pliers business and open up a franchise in Perfidious Albion. Soon everyone on that benighted isle will need a pair. The Daily Mail reports that half the country can’t find a dentist:

Half the population has received no dental care on the NHS in the last two years.

 So, where do they go for dental care?

Thousands of suffering patients are turning up at hospital emergency departments for treatment because they cannot find an NHS dentist.

And how are the NHS apparatchiks dealing with the problem? Denial!

Access to an NHS dentist has remained broadly stable since the introduction of the new contract.

Uh-huh. Access to NHS dentists is ”stable” in the same way that Yasser Arafat is “stable.” The system was moribund before and it remains at death’s door.

This is the kind of stability that government-run health care provides.

Comments 2

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    You’re right – NHS dental provision is an ongoing problem, partly because many dentists choose to work only with private patients (but fees aren’t huge so access all round is pretty good). However, did you know that the US has 100 million people without dental insurance? I think we have another example of Catron calling the kettle black.

    See http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/business/11decay.html?em&ex=1192334400&en=f0c14efae07f84f9&ei=5087

    ‘With dentists’ fees rising far faster than inflation and more than 100 million people lacking dental insurance, the percentage of Americans with untreated cavities began rising this decade, reversing a half-century trend of improvement in dental health.

    ‘Previously unreleased figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2003 and 2004, the most recent years with data available, 27 percent of children and 29 percent of adults had cavities going untreated. The level of untreated decay was the highest since the late 1980s and significantly higher than that found in a survey from 1999 to 2002.’

    Posted 22 Apr 2008 at 7:56 am
  2. Joe C. wrote:

    If dental care is generally affordable, then why bother with the byzantine NHS dental plan at all? Dental care generally does not involve life-or-death situations, so why should Taxpayer A fund the dental care that Taxpayer B needs as a result of drinking too much Irn-Bru? It seems more prudent to just scrap the whole thing and give the taxpayers back their money.

    Posted 22 Apr 2008 at 3:48 pm

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