Sick to the back teeth of the ‘Herald of Doom’ and ‘Dental Leaders?’

From the Herald of Doom‘s own Health Crisis Correspondent:

DENTAL leaders have questioned why routine NHS treatment is being restarted amid a spike in coronavirus, as they warned that patients should not expect a return to normality. Dentists told the Herald on Sunday that NHS waiting times are “going to shoot through the roof” amid a cap on patient numbers, and that six-monthly check ups are unlikely to ever return.

Who are these dental leaders? Well it’s Phil Taylor, ‘Dean’ of the Royal College of Surgeons and David McColl, ‘chair’ of the British Dental Association’s (BDA) Scottish Dental Committee.

Wow! I give up or do I? They certainly have great titles. I don’t suppose we can ask important folk like that what their evidence is, can we?

Who among the Scottish Government advisers can compete with those guys.

Let me think.

There is that Professor Leitch guy who is probably telling Nicola what’s best. He’s a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (England). He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow (2004), a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University (2006) and is a fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2004) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2004).

Quite a lot of recent and relevant qualifications and experience, yes? He’s not just a dentist. Yes, I saw that ‘England’ in there and I know he’s not a Dean.

In the real world of universities (what?) to be a ‘chair’ or a ‘Dean’, you needed a PhD, years of research publication and maybe of running a research committee or six. I was a Dean for a year back in nineteen-canteen so I now declare myself Dean of the Tusker Faculty of Journalism Research at the Low Green in Ayr and chair of the Faculty Journalism Ethics Committee. OK the last one’s going too far. Journalism ethics? Aye right.

I know!

Could they just stop doing private work and put their shoulders to the wheel for the good folk whose taxes paid for their training in the first place?

10 thoughts on “Sick to the back teeth of the ‘Herald of Doom’ and ‘Dental Leaders?’”

  1. I can only speak on a personal level. I was contacted last month by my dentist for my six-monthly check-up, albeit two months late. He did some minor work and I now have appointment for a further check-up in six months time.

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  2. My wife has private dental care and has no problems getting appointments and any remedial work carried out. Unfortunately I am NHS and have not seen a dentist in over a year. What I would like to know is what is the private dentists doing differently when they can see patients as normal but the NHS cannot. I get the impression that they are trying to push people to go private.


    1. Andy conversely my wife is NHS and I am Private but while my wife has had no problem getting appointments I (still paying my monthly dues) have yet to hear a word from my Practice since Feb.


  3. I have just received an appointment to attend the Maxillofacial Surgery OPD at my local hospital. A tooth had disintegrated and a small bit was left in the gum. It was not bothering me but at my last routine check-up in early March the dentist said she would arrange an appointment for me at the hospital. I now have the appointment.

    A few weeks ago The Herald ran a dental story on its front page. On that occasion the dentists were complaining about not being able to do Aerosol Generating Procedures. Now they are complaining about being told they can do them! Is that because people will wait to have them on the NHS now rather than go privately?

    It is the dentists who are pushing people towards private dentistry and using stories like this in the press to publicise that it exists.

    Those dentists who go after private patients at the expense of the NHS side of their business are going to get their fingers burned. Rising unemployment plus Brexit will sharply reduce the numbers who can afford to go privately for dental treatment.

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    1. Yes, the old saw “Follow the money” never seems to lead us far astray.
      We might usefully keep an eye on the behaviour of GPs these days as well as the dentists.

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      1. William Henderson,
        While elements, minority elements(?), within dentistry keep pushing the private dentistry button people in Scotland remain resolutely pro-Bush dentistry as the statistics below show. Strange then given these stats that the Sunday Herald managed to find someone who needed dental treatment but was not registered with a dentist..

        Summary of Dental stats published by Public Health Scotland, January 2020
        “”5.2 million people were registered with an NHS dentist as at 30 September 2019 (95.7% of the Scottish population), an increase of 2.3 percentage points since last year.
        Registration rates were similar for children and adults (94.3% and 96.0% respectively).
        99.3% of adults living in the most deprived areas were registered with an NHS dentist compared to 90.2% in the least deprived areas. This variation may reflect the use of private dentistry or the availability of free NHS dental treatment for adults who receive certain benefits.
        Registration rates for children living in the most deprived areas were similar to the rates for those living in the least deprived areas.
        Contact with an NHS Dentist (Participation)

        “”As at 30 September 2019, 7 out of 10 registered patients (3.6 million) had seen an NHS dentist within the last two years.
        Children are more likely than adults to have seen an NHS dentist within the last two years (83.7% compared to 65.4%).
        Children and adults from the most deprived areas are less likely to have seen their dentist than those from the least deprived areas. For children, 79.0% of patients living in the most deprived areas had seen a dentist in the preceding two years, compared to 88.8% of patients living in the least deprived areas. For adults, the corresponding figures were 60.8% compared to 71.5%.””

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  4. good…gavinochiltree…

    Dentists are working away fine …if you need one.

    I’ve missed check ups in the past, so what , the next check up comes along like clockwork no problem.
    If pain arrives I get an immediate NHS appt


  5. My experience of being with a NHS dental practice which moved into the private sector is that it is an expensive business (for patients that is).


  6. Non urgent NHS are being seen and tided over until they get their appointments. Urgent is being dealt with first? Yearly checkup or more are the norm. At one time it was compulsory to have checks within a year for NHS treatment. Private continues. (Paid monthly insurance)

    At one time there was a shortage of dentists. Patients were made to go private. (Except children, pregnant, benefit, retired). SNP Gov opened up new dental training clinics (NE). More dentists trained. Many dentists are from EU. Some could leave because of Brexit.

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