No NHS adult pa­tients prac­tices in West Wales

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Be­cause the pay­ment is the same whether a den­tist un­der­takes one or many more sim­i­lar pro­ce­dures, there is no in­cen­tive for den­tists to take on ex­tra work as they would be paid the same amount.

As a re­sult, it is claimed the UDA sys­tem may dis­cour­age den­tists from work­ing in ar­eas of de­pri­va­tion where poor den­tal hy­giene is more preva­lent.

Mr Bysouth added: “There is a grow­ing con­sen­sus in the Assem­bly recog­nis­ing the need for real change. These find­ings need to spur the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and health boards on to de­liver a sys­tem that works for pa­tients.”

The Welsh Assem­bly’s Health, So­cial Care and Sport Com­mit­tee re­cently backed BDA calls for re­form.

In A Fresh Start: In­quiry into Den­tistry in Wales it called for an end to the un­sus­tain­able NHS con­tract sys­tem, for com­pre­hen­sive rein­vest­ment of claw­back, and for ac­tion to ad­dress a col­lapse in morale among the pro­fes­sion.

Plaid Cymru AM and chair­man of the Assem­bly’s Health, So­cial Care and Sport Com­mit­tee, Dr Dai Lloyd, said the fig­ures con­firm that the cur­rent NHS con­tract ar­range­ments for den­tists are not work­ing.

He said: “The low num­ber of prac­tices tak­ing on new NHS pa­tients and the vari­a­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent parts of Wales is a sig­nif­i­cant con­cern – peo­ple are not re­ceiv­ing the ser­vices that they need.

“Re­cently, the Health, So­cial Care and Sport Com­mit­tee un­der­took a re­view of den­tistry in Wales and we were clear that changes need to be made by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment in or­der to im­prove mat­ters, and the cur­rent con­tract ar­range­ments need to change if we are to see im­prove­ments.

“The com­mit­tee made a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions to the Welsh Gov­ern­ment around chang­ing the cur­rent ar­range­ments, and find­ing a new way of mak­ing sure ev­ery­one in Wales has ac­cess to qual­ity den­tal ser­vices re­gard­less of where they are.

“We now await the re­sponse of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment to our rec­om­men­da­tions. Do­ing noth­ing is not an op­tion.”

A Welsh Gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing that BDA Wales fail to recog­nise the sig­nif­i­cant changes we are mak­ing as part of our on­go­ing den­tal con­tract re­forms.

“BDA Wales is ac­tively in­volved in this pro­gramme and the changes are be­ing wel­comed by den­tal clin­i­cians.

“We ac­knowl­edge there are ar­eas where ac­cess re­mains dif­fi­cult and are work­ing to reach a po­si­tion where ev­ery­one in Wales who wants ac­cess to NHS den­tal care can get it.”

adult NHS pa­tients.

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