Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has decided to cancel the contracts that have helped the dentists to become rich. He says that due to inefficient Labour reforms, it has become all the more difficult for people to get access to the health service.
Between 2009 and 2010, 24,292 patients received treatment for their teeth in casualty, as compared to 17,400 during 2000 and 2001.
In last four years, the average salary of dentists has increased 10% to almost £90,000, says the NHS Information Centre.
According to Andrew Lansley, the increase in emergency admissions shows that the current system is failing NHS patients and a significant number of patients are not getting the treatment they need.
He seeks to reform the system and introduce a new contract, which will improve access to emergency and non-emergency dental care and make the payment system fairer; which would make it easier for people to register with an NHS dentist, promote good oral health and target children, to ensure standards of oral health improve in the future. The new contract is expected to be outlined by the end of this year.
Dental insurance: News update: 5 November 2010