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NHS dentistry reforms ‘showing signs of success’

8th August 2007

The government has this week published a report assessing the effects of recent reforms made to NHS dentistry, with the paper revealing that the local NHS is now being enabled to better develop services in areas nationwide exhibiting the greatest need.

Prior to this reform, there existed a lack of control over the local provision of dentistry, while primary care trusts (PCTs) did not have the power to divert funding at a local level to replace dentists moving to the private sector.

The report published this week claims that PCTs are already using their new powers to introduce dental practices in previously underserved areas.

Ann Keen, health minister, said: “One year on, we have a system that provides a more secure basis for developing future dental services.

“In many areas, patients are already seeing the results of this in new or developed services.”

She added that the local health service now – for the first time – has both the duty and flexibility required to develop dentistry services that best fit the needs of local communities.

In March 2007, a survey from health insurance provider HSA revealed that 61 per cent of Britons believe the quality of oral health will get worse in the future, with a majority believing that dentistry will eventually be removed from the NHS.

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