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NHS Dentistry – Millions left without NHS appointment in 2022
NHS Dentistry - Millions left without NHS appointment in 2022, study shows
A new investigation into NHS dentistry has found a stark increase in ‘unmet need’, with patients resorting to alarming measures.
Millions of people have been unable to get an NHS dental appointment, with many resorting to ripping out their own teeth.
This comes after The Mirror conducted an investigation into the state of NHS dentistry, with a new analysis of the GP Survey.
The investigation revealed that eleven million people were unable to get an NHS dental appointment in 2022. This is a significant increase from four million in 2019.
The study has revealed a steep increase in ‘unmet need’. For example, one in four adults are either unable to get an appointment, stuck on a waiting list, or disheartened by long waits and high costs.
Other data from the investigation shows that half of dentists have cut the number of NHS patients they see. In addition, 43% plan to go fully private.
NHS Dentistry - Millions left without NHS appointment in 2022