Patients Find it Difficult to have Access to NHS Dentist

Several patients were forced to go for hospital treatment for their teeth after they could not find an NHS dentist.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has decided to cancel the contracts that have helped the dentists to become rich.

He said that due to inefficient Labour reforms, it has become all the more difficult for people to get access to health service.

In the past 10 years, there has been an increase of nearly 40% of emergency admissions, as per the official statistics by the Daily Mail.

Between 2009 and 2010, as many as 24,292 patients received treatment for their teeth in casualty, as compared to 17,400 during 2000 and 2001.

Some patients while trying to pull out their teeth by themselves had to be hospitalised.

Mr. Lansley told the Daily Mail, "These figures provide more evidence that the previous Labour government failed to improve access to NHS dentistry".

In last four years, the average salary of dentists has increased 10% to almost £90,000, says the NHS Information Centre.

The average pay of a dentist is more than the Prime Minister; some even earning over 300,000.

Still dental care has not been beneficial for those who do not have access to an NHS dental practice.

Mr. Lansley also added that to some extent the emergency admission can be expected, but increasing number of people going to casualty indicate that only quite a handful have access to an NHS dentist.