Dentists warn tooth extraction surgery backlog is a ‘national scandal’ | UK | News (Reports)


In a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the British Dental Association said yesterday that waiting times were a “national scandal” and likely to soar as a result of the pandemic. It called for an urgent action plan to tackle the growing backlog.

Charlotte Waite, chair of the BDA’s England Community Dental Services Committee, said: “The hundreds of extractions that took place every day in hospitals ended with lockdown, but demand hasn’t gone anywhere.

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“Stretched services are now struggling to meet the backlog, while tens of thousands of vulnerable adults and young children wait in pain.

“We need a plan and full disclosure on the true scale of a problem that is already a national scandal.”

Extractions are often performed under general anaesthetic for children and vulnerable adults, including those with learning disabilities.

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The letter, also signed by charity Mencap, told how some children waiting more than a year needed multiple courses of antibiotics to fight infections.

It said: “A whole year in pain with trouble eating, speaking and sleeping is unacceptable for anyone, let alone our most vulnerable patients – and this is set to get worse.”

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