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Published on May 31, 2012

Is Dentistry being bashed again?

As I’m certain many of you would’ve read this week, national newspapers are claiming dentists are ‘forcing’ 500,000 patients to pay privately for treatment, in light of the recently published OFT report.

 The report suggests patients ‘may be provided with inaccurate information’ regarding their dental treatments and as a result they are paying more for private procedures as opposed to NHS. In response to these findings, OFT propose for greater transparency in the pricing of treatments, to increase awareness and better inform the public of what treatments are available on the NHS.

 National headlines focused on this main finding, but for dentists everywhere the report detailed an in-depth analysis of the current market and recommendations for the future of dentistry. Other main features of the report include: a reform of the dental contract to allow for more dentists to deliver NHS dentistry, as well as helping enable new practices to be successfully established and lastly, recommendations for direct access to other dental professionals, such as dental hygienists, therapists and clinical dental technicians.

 Although the OF T report raises important issues which must be addressed, what are dentists’ views on these findings? Are they representative of the dental profession? What the report fails to acknowledge is the NHS budgets and regulations which dentists must abide by, which could be a potential cause of misleading information.

 There’s a lot to reflect on and discuss – so we’d love to hear your views, do you think these findings reflect the current situation and will the proposed changes make a real change? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @stockdalemartin.

 For the full report follow the link: http://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/markets-work/dentistry/#named2

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2 comments on “Is Dentistry being bashed again?”

  1. What did you mean by your first sentence?

  2. south bend indiana dentists on June 29th, 2012 at 2:49 PM
  3. Hi there,

    When this blog was posted, British national newspapers featured stories based on a study which found that dentists were misinforming patients by advising them to pay for private dental treatment, as opposed to free NHS dental treatment. Hope this helps and thanks for reading the post!

    StockdaleMartin

  4. StockdaleMartin on July 3rd, 2012 at 9:13 PM

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