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NHS dentists warn it will take years to clear the Covid backlog of 43million appointments

NHS dentistry is suffering its worst recruitment and retention crisis since the health service was created in 1948 and the government has been accused of failing to invest

NHS dentists say it will take years to clear the backlog
NHS dentists say it will take years to clear the backlog

NHS dentists have warned it will take years to clear a backlog of more than 43 million missed appointments due to the pandemic.

Covid curbs reduced the number of patients who could be seen.

It came amid the worst recruitment and retention crisis in NHS dentistry since the health service was created in 1948, the British Dental Association has said.

It is claimed that in some areas there is virtually no NHS service because the government has not invested.

Shawn Charlwood, chairman of the BDA’s General Dental Practices Committee, said: “We have lost around 3,000 NHS dentists since lockdown, which is the direct result of government decisions for over a decade.”







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A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We are working with the sector to address the backlog.”

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