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Dentists: Real energy needed for urgent care plan to avoid postcode lottery

25 March 2020


The British Dental Association has called on government to offer concrete support for a new dedicated emergency dental system, as routine care on the high street ends following the latest guidelines from NHS England.


England is the last UK nation to adopt this approach. The BDA had already advised its membership against routine treatment to reduce the risk of infection to both staff and patients.

NHS England has also set out plans to devolve the establishment of a dedicated Urgent Dental Care System to local level. The BDA has said that this will require proper support, resourcing and unfettered access to relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to cater for a potentially large number of higher-risk patients requiring treatment.


British Dental Association Chair Mick Armstrong said:

“Routine dental care as we know it is over for now. For the safety of dentists and their patients this is the right approach.


“Real energy must now be devoted to developing emergency services. Precious time has already been lost for planning, and colleagues will require the resources to provide it safely.


“The thousands who experience a dental emergency each day must not end up with another postcode lottery of provision.


“This profession stands ready and willing to support the national effort to fight this pandemic any workable emergency plan.”