More than 2,000 dentists are leaving the NHS According to reports, last year millions of people without access to medical care.
“Tooth deserts” form everywhere. Englandmaking it harder for patients to get check-ups or get treatment for dental problems, the Guardian reported.
A new report from the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) shows that the number of NHS dentists has fallen from 23,733 at the end of 2020 to 21,544 at the end of January this year, according to the newspaper.
The Guardian estimates around 4 million people will be left without access to NHS care as a result, considering dentists each have a caseload of around 2,000 patients.
The health care system is now facing the lowest level of dentists in a decade, said the ADG, a trade association representing some major dentists.
The decline in the number of NHS dentists has meant that “we are now seeing ‘tooth deserts’ emerging across the country where there is almost no chance of ever seeing an NHS dentist for routine care,” the statement reads ADG report quoted in the Guardian.
The ADG also warned that the figures point to a possible looming health crisis in which cases of oral cancer and diabetes could go undetected without screening, according to the newspaper.
The report identifies the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in North Lincolnshire as the part of England with the lowest number of NHS dentists per 100,000 population, with just 32.
North East Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire each have just 37 NHS dentists for every 100,000 people, according to the report.
A Department of Health and Welfare The spokesman said: “We have made £50million available to the NHS to fund up to 350,000 additional dentist appointments and we are expanding the workforce to ensure people get the oral care they need – there were 264 more dentists registered in December 2021 than last year.”
The Guardian said the figure of 264, which relates to last December, includes both NHS and private dentists.
“We are committed to improving health outcomes across the country – we established the Office on Health Improvement and Disparities to address long-standing health inequalities and will be releasing a white paper this year to ensure everyone has the opportunity.” to live longer and healthier lives, regardless of background,” the spokesperson added.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/nhs-england-ccg-department-of-health-and-social-care-b2069667.html 2,000 dentists reportedly left the NHS last year, leaving millions without care