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NHS ‘driving dentists to private work’

16th January 2008

The nature of NHS work is causing more dentists to become private, a leading authority has claimed.

Derek Watson, chief executive of the Dental Practitioners Association, made his comments to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in response to a survey published by Citizens Advice.

The charity’s report revealed more than seven million Britons have not seen an NHS dentist since April 2006.

Dentists do not work in the same way as doctors and have to buy their own premises and materials, explained Mr Watson.

The NHS will only offer yearly contracts and so represent a “significant business risk”, which most professionals will seek to avoid, he continued.

Mr Watson stated: “The bottom line is that there is a massive gap now in the terms and conditions between working in the National Health Service and privately.”

The Citizens Advice findings suggest 2.7 million Britons are going without treatment rather than pay to see a dentist privately.

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