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Letters Failing NHS dentistry and general practice

Effect of crisis in NHS dentistry on dental training

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 04 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1580
  1. Amy Alger-Green, speciality doctor oral and maxillofacial surgery12,
  2. Sabrina Haynes, dental core trainee12,
  3. Farzad Borumandi, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgery12
  1. 1St Richard’s Hospital, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, Chichester PO19 6SE, UK
  2. 2Worthing Hospital, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, Worthing BN11 2DH, UK
  1. amy.alger-green{at}

Howard describes the current limitations for patients accessing NHS dental care.1 Patients with dental problems turn to their general practitioners or local emergency departments.

The NHS Dental Contract is not sustainable, especially in areas where treatment needs are highest, and almost promotes under-treatment because of fears of not hitting dental activity targets and losing money. This obviously entirely contradicts the ethics, morals, and values of …

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