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Patients in England ‘struggling to receive NHS dental care’

7th September 2017

A significant proportion of patients in England are struggling to get access to NHS dental care, according to a new report.

Carried out by BBC News, the analysis of 2,500 dental practices on the NHS Choices website found that half were not accepting new adult NHS patients, while two-fifths were not accepting paediatric NHS patients.

Of the more than 7,000 dental practices analysed, just over 2,500 offered information about whether they were currently accepting new NHS patients.

Although the number of dentists doing NHS work has increased by 20 percent over the past decade, many professionals have suggested that chronic underfunding issues may be responsible for the lack of available care.

The British Dental Association said the data offered further evidence of an "emerging crisis" in dental care in England, with a lack of funding to blame.

However, an NHS England spokesperson responded to the report by noting that the latest NHS patient survey found that 95 percent of people seeking a dental appointment were able to get one, while the overall number of dentists offering NHS care is 3,800 higher than a decade ago.

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