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Millions of Britons have no local dentist willing to take on new NHS patients

Millions of Britons have no local dentist willing to take on new NHS patients


A report by The Times found that millions of Britons have no local dentist willing to take on new NHS patients.

The investigation said that in 24 local authorities in England every dentist is taking on only private patients. The analysis of information published on the NHS Choices website showed that 49 per cent are currently not taking on new adults.

Some 42% are refusing to see new children entirely, with others only accepting them if they have a parent who is a patient.

NHS statistics show that 96% of patients in England looking to get a dental appointment at a surgery they have been to before are successful. However, the proportion drops to 74% among those seeking an appointment at a new surgery.

Source: GDPUK

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