More than 20 years’ experience serving the needs of the Chelsea and Fulham community
all products of at least 15 per cent. When we consider the cost of dental appliances, most notably chairs, which can cost around £18,000 each, we are increasingly concerned about the way in which current politics impacts our services. services we provide. During times of financial difficulty, we notice a surge of patients who visit as part of the NHS services we offer. More patients require in-depth work, at the expense of our existing patients. In order to accommodate new patients, we often find ourselves having to negotiate our budgets with local authorities, which reduces the time we have available. Due to the current uncertainty, we find ourselves having to cross-compare prices of raw materials for the first time in years. We have also found that austerity has had a great impact on the
current climate, with far fewer jobs, and far more red tape in the way of establishing a practice. It is much harder to find first post for newly qualified dentists. NHS practices have restrictions on their budget and private practices require a number of years of experience before they offer dentists a job. I have seen fellow dentists struggle to move funding with them, and it is now almost impossible to set up a practice in London without considerable financial support. For newcomers, I would even go so far as to say it is simply not possible. To set up a new practice demands a substantial budget and considerable wherewithal. In spite of these challenges I remain optimistic for the future of my own practices, with our client base growing year on year. The extent of our waiting list leads me to hope for an expansion; however, it is of the utmost importance that we grow in a manageable manner. Overall, the future, though uncertain, is most certainly interesting.
In the coming years, I hope to continue to build the practice and to serve our local community to the best of my ability
Teeth in the future
In the coming years, I hope to continue to build the practice and to serve our local community to the best of my ability. I do feel sorry for the newly qualified dentists in the