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Toothaches and waiting lists: where did the NHS dentists go?



Staff member
Jan 1, 2005
Yesterday, the Guardian published this podcast on why in some parts of England, it's so difficult (or impossible) to find an NHS dentist that takes on new patients:

Basically, the conclusion is that the ongoing lack of reform of the failed 2006 contract is a deliberate move to privatise dentistry in the long run (because providing a good service for all would cost too much) and to switch to an NHS dental emergency service only.

If you suffer with an extreme fear of the dentist or you have other special needs but can't afford private care, check what the community dental service in your area may offer. For more information, see here: