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Dentists' contract 'a failure', say MPs

Private dentists

The new contract for NHS dentists has failed to improve dental treatment in England, a report by MPs has claimed.

The contract was introduced in 2006 and was intended to improve access to NHS dentists and increase the provision of preventative care.

However, a report presented to the Commons Health Select Committee found little evidence that preventative care has increased and claimed that dentists no longer have any financial incentive to provide appropriate treatment.

In fact, more people are having teeth extracted rather than receiving more complex procedures that might spare the tooth, such as crowns, bridges and dentures.

The British Dental Association said that MPs have come to the same conclusion as dentists and patients.

"This is a damning report which highlights the failure of a farcical contract that has alienated the professional caused uncertainty to patients," said Susie Sanderson, chair of the association's executive board.

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Dental News update: 03/07/08