The British Dental Association (BDA) has disputed claims from Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick made during today’s Downing Street briefing that all dental practices have received fresh supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
In reality practices report they have received no additional stock and NHS England plans to roll out a dedicated emergency dental service have barely got off the ground.
Following BDA recommendations and official advice routine care has ceased at all dental practices this week, with most now triaging calls from patients over the telephone.
In the absence of a functioning and properly equipped emergency system many are reporting they have nowhere to directing these patients.
British Dental Association Chair Mick Armstrong said:
“We can do without cabinet ministers talking about non-existent deliveries of masks to practices that have ceased all non-urgent care.
“The reality is dentists are busy fielding calls from patients in pain, but with nowhere to send them.
“Weeks have been lost that should have been spent setting up a properly equipped emergency dental service.”