No need to feel guilty at leaving the NHS!

Many dentists feel guilty at the idea of transitioning from NHS to private, but there are other ways to give back – Ged Cummings shares his story.

Like many dentists, Ged Cummings wrestled with feeling guilty at the idea of handing back his NHS dental contract, as he explains in this short video. Having spent 25 years providing at least some NHS treatments the decision to leave fully involved some considerable soul searching. However, as the contract gradually got harder to deliver, he was forced to conclude that he would be better able to serve his patients outside the NHS.

Ged’s emotional struggle is typical of many NHS dentists who believe giving up their NHS contract will mean the end of their contribution to society. However, as Practice Plan sales support manager Michelle Hardy explains, being outside the restrictions of the NHS gives dentists greater control over their own practice and more freedom to choose how they run things. 

Greater control

This greater control includes the ability to set your own fees, rather than having to abide by the NHS’ patient fee structure. Which means you can charge as much, or as little, as you feel is appropriate for the treatment on offer. So, you could choose to offer pro bono, or reduced cost treatment for patients in genuine need. This is something you wouldn’t be able to do under the NHS unless they were exempt. It’s your business, so it’s up to you.

Or you may decide to offer your skills and services to help a charity. Without the constraints an NHS target can place upon you, you’ll be able to set your own schedule and put aside time to do things that matter to you, such as volunteering. There are plenty of opportunities for dentists both at home and abroad to donate their time and expertise. 

Being an NHS dentist is not the only way to give back to your community. You can still make a contribution, but you choose how it looks.

If you’re considering your options away from the NHS and are looking for a provider who will hold your hand through the process while moving at a pace that’s right for you, why not start the conversation with Practice Plan on 01691 684165, or book your one-to-one NHS to private call today:

For more information visit the Practice Plan website:

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