Defending this increase in price, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “These charges contribute towards the running costs of the whole nHS, including delivering world-class front- line patient care, and we continue to protect the most vulnerable through exemptions and the nHS low- income scheme.”
person per year; in Scotland and northern Ireland, spend equates to £50 per person. Both Scotland and northern Ireland have different systems to England, however, with patients paying 80 per cent of the cost of their treatment, with this capped at £384. In Wales, the cost for different bands of treatment is between a fifth and a third lower than the rate in England. In november 2019, the BBC released analysis which claimed that more than two million adults in England were unable to see an nHS dentist. Using the GP Patient Survey as a foundation, the BBC were able to construct a picture of the number of adults who are currently not accessing dental services as well as the reasons for this. Of these two million, it was estimated that 1.45 million had tried and failed to get an nHS appointment, with the rest placed on waiting lists or put off from booking an appointment completely because of the cost. The findings, which were based on data released by the nHS, also stated that a further two million adults had assumed they would not be able to access care near to where they lived. If the two figures were to be combined, it would suggest that nearly one in ten adults miss out on dental care. Although issues were found in every region across the country, the severity of the issue did depend on location. Bradford, Brighton, Cornwall and parts of Kent, Surrey, norfolk and london were found to have the lowest rates of access, with almost one in six adults not getting the dental care they need. According to the BBC analysis, the level of unmet need has remained fairly consistent over the last five years. The nHS itself monitors the number of
millions unable to access nHS dentistry
Of the estimated two million adults who did not access any form of dental care, 1.45 million were unable to get an appointment
adults accessing high-street dentists and found that roughly half of adults have accessed nHS care in the last two years, but these figures do not include those accessing specialist services, those who use private dentistry and those who do not require any dental care.