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NHS “struggling” to fund various treatments

6th March 2008

Treatments such as root canal work, crowns, bridges and orthodontics are difficult to fund in certain areas of the UK, a new survey has asserted.

The Patients Association carried out research in the dental sector and discovered that some primary care trusts (PCTs) are “struggling” to find the finance for such procedures, the BBC reports.

As a consequence, patients are experiencing unnecessary cost and pain, it was claimed.

The “majority” of complaints made to PCTs are related to the dental charging system, finding a dentist on the NHS and orthodontics, while 59 per cent of the PCTs included in the survey said endodontic, periodontic and orthodontic treatment were all difficult to fund.

Director of communications at the Patients Association, Katherine Murphy, commented: “Too many patients are being excluded from continuing dental care. There is no reason – health or political – why teeth should be treated any differently to other parts of our bodies.”

The Patients Association is currently undertaking research and collecting opinions about the future of the NHS.

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