The Daily Mail has NHS dentistry ‘may collapse’
Britain is moving to the point where there will be an absolute collapse of National Health Service dentistry, shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has claimed.
But his claims on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One programme were dismissed later in the programme by junior health minister Lord Warner as “nonsense”.
Mr Lansley, questioned about the Government’s new deal for dentists, to be introduced next April, said: “We have got more than half of our population not registered with an NHS dentist and a significant number of people not seeing a dentist regularly at all.”
So, it might be time for the Labour Government of Tony Blair to begin privitization of U.K dentistry.
Canada, South Africa and Australia – all members of the Commonwealth – have private dentistry with safety net programs (except South Africa) for the poor, elderly and disabled.
He said that at the general election, the Tories were proposing renegotiating the contracts with dentists which would have ensured registration between patients and dentists and a capitation fee. The benefit of that, he claimed, would have been a direct incentive for dentists to promote good oral health.
Mr Lansley said: “It is scandalous that Mr Blair said in 1999 that everybody would have access to an NHS dentist by 2001. Well, frankly, we are moving to the point where there will be virtually an absolute collapse of NHS dentistry.”
The Tories are wrong with a capitation type program but NOT wrong about the collapse of the socialized NHS.
The Labour Government should not postpone the inevitable and immmediately begin the weening of the U.K public off of the public dental trough of the NHS.