- Mar 23, 2006
- In My Dental Happy Place
Unfortunately it's not that no...although exposure to USA healthcare attitudes over the net, does jaundice one's view I agree.Are you sure you're not reading too much DentalTown, Brit ?
I'm not saying they are all like this..just that it is a tendency. I think all healthcare professions should have empathy-screening probably at admittance stage. Teeth come with people attached and blocking a person's mouth makes it all the more important that you convey some empathy and establish rapport.
Although to be a good dentist technically you do have to be manually dextrous so it is legitimate to look for those skilled in crafts, modelmaking etc etc. By the way Pally, any dentist you are registered with and a regular attender with, should see you asap if you are in pain..it's triage isn't it? Most private dentists agree to see you same day if you are in pain and most areas have some sort of 'out of hours' system. A dentist who won't see you when you need them within reason is not worth staying with.
I also think that by the BDA's own admission on several occasions, dentists are driven to skew their behaviour unethically based on the NHS remuneration targets they are set (the current English ones seem to be extremely off). I remember years ago a BDA spokeperson saying in the media 'well if you do that, dentists will just extract kids teeth rather than restore them'. Hello why wouldn't you do what was best for the child in each case?
Maybe being salaried is the way for 'newbie' NHS dentists to go (the new contract does have some element of guaranteed income doesn't it but they then have to justify it by completing the units of dental activity) if NHS dentistry is mainly to be a basic service for dentists to acquire skills post-graduation before going into private practice which is what it is beginning to resemble.
Maybe it is wholly appropriate that you can't get implants on NHS since these need a high skill level.
Why is the UK profession not fighting its own corner better and pointing out the UDA activity levels for very different courses of treatment..instead they just said 'well most of us won't sign up to that' but sufficient just about did.
Ask most women if they'd have a problem having no control over who cuts their hair ....and their dentist? Would you go to an NHS hairdresser? (I would actually - hair grows back - so undermining my own argument - but most wouldn't lol)
It's a shame but I think primarily because of the advances dentistry has made, if you are likely to need treatment, it is less stressful to go private and pay for TLC and hopefully ethical appropriate treatment (no guarantees).
If primarily 'newbies' are going to be working on you in NHS then give them a decent salary, a few performance indicators such as patient satisfaction and let them take their time to do their 'best work' just as they could at dental school.