More than 70 dentists move away from NHS work in Leicester

More than 70 dentists move away from NHS work in LeceisterMore than 70 different dentists who held NHS contracts have ceased doing NHS work over the last year.

This is according to new data obtained by the Reach Data Unit and reported by the Leicester Mercury.

The figure is equal to a 10% drop in only 12 months, which puts it significantly above the national average (4%) for those packing in NHS work in the same period.

The largest drop was experienced in West Leicestershire’s CCG, where the area saw a 16% fall in NHS dentists (39 dentists). But in Leicester City’s CCG the number fell by 11% (29 dentists).

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And the smallest drop was in both east Leicestershire and Rutland CCG where the decline was limited to just 2% (four dentists).

NHS targets have been increased over the last 12 months after they were first dropped in the wake of the pandemic.

As of January, dental practices have to deliver 85% of their contract to meet current requirements.

But this week NHS England announced fresh exceptional circumstances. These allow practices to submit a claim for this lost activity where patient activity is lost due to staff absence as a result of Covid-19.

Renewal period

This comes as statistics show the number of UK dentists remain the same following the registration renewal period.

New GDC statistics show that the number of dentists registered in the UK is ‘in line with the trajectory of previous years’.

On the morning after renewals, 42,215 dentists were on the register. This signifies an increase on the figure for 2021.

Data shows that around 1,079 dentists did not renew their registration – 2.56% of those on the register on 31 December. The average of the last four years stands at 2.96%.


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