Daily Mirror

‘1 in 5 dentists will go bust with no govt support’


ONE in five dentists are on the brink of collapse as the ban on routine work has left practices financiall­y crippled.

The closures could leave many patients without a dentist, the British Dental Associatio­n has warned.

In a BDA poll of 2,800 practices, 71% said they could

stay financiall­y stable for three months at most, while 20% said they would not survive past this month.

Less than a third said they will be able to return to previous levels of patient access when they reopen.

A quarter have tried to get a government-backed loan,

but 93% were turned down. Nearly half of those who were denied have sought highintere­st commercial loans.

Dentists with more private than NHS patients are most at risk of ruin, the BDA said.

Chair Mick Armstrong said: “Many practices are weeks from a cliff edge, saddling

themselves with debt they may never be able to repay.

“It was right to suspend all non-urgent care, but without meaningful support dental services face decimation. Nearly every surgery relies on private care to stay afloat.

“The impact will be felt by patients in every community.”

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