Health watch report on dentistry

Health watch report on dentistry
23rd December 2020 c360admin
Healthwatch England calls for action to address widespread issues with access to NHS dental care following an unprecedented surge in concerns.

Healthwatch experienced a 452% increase in feedback on the issue in the second quarter of the year, with continuing accounts of people being left in pain, resorting to ‘DIY’ repair methods and in some cases even extracting their own teeth.

The review of 1,300 people’s experiences of accessing dental care found that:

  • More than 7 in 10 people (73%) found it difficult to access help and support when they needed it.
  • Access issues were caused by dentists not taking on NHS patients, as well as conflicting advice from different parts of the NHS about what help is available.
  • Many people were offered treatment if they went private, despite research indicating that 40% of people would struggle to afford private dental care.
  • The impact of not being able to access care led to many people to experience pain, discomfort and further complications.

Click here to read more : https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/news/2020-12-09