Many 'cannot get NHS dental care' Well, perhaps. Our dentist no longer takes NHS patients, and sent out a long letter explaining why it wasn't viable for her to stay within the NHS. She did, however, want to continue to treat children, but was refused a contract to provide children's dental care. These things always seem to work both ways. Anyway, that wasn't why I picked this story up. All the reporting I heard on the radio, and this written report, pulled out the detail about
one patient from Lancashire who said they had removed 14 of their own teeth with pliers.
The new NHS contract has only been in place for a year. If someone feels compelled to pull out half of their teeth, I'd suggest they've been dodging the dentist, and quite possibly a toothbrush, for rather longer than that. It's the kind of detail that tells you absolutely nothing about the actual state of things. Anomolies never do.