London Sees Biggest Reduction in NHS Dentists

Latest figures show that London has the largest decrease in dentists doing NHS work with hundreds opting to go private or leave dentistry care london

The number of recorded as doing NHS work  in London

  • 4,179 in 2020-21
  • 4,548 in 2019-20
  • 369 fewer NHS dentists year on year
  • 8% reduction

This is the biggest decrease in England, both in numbers and in proportion.

This leaves ever growing numbers of Londoners hunting for an NHS dentist, being put on long waiting lists and waiting weeks or months for an appointment.

The industry has been losing NHS dentists for a number of years and the latest news indicates a deepening crises for dentistry in England. Experts blame a lack of government support during the pandemic, yet NHS dentists have been scarce well before coronavirus lockdowns. Other issues cited include insufficient incentives for newly qualified dentists to choose the NHS.

From January 1, the government instructed dentists to return to 85% of their pre-Covid levels, and warned that there could be financial penalties for those practices that failed to meet the requirements, even though this may be a challenge with COVID-safe measures, practices and a shortage of dentists willing to work in the NHS. It is feared that this could actually incentivise more dentists to go private in order to avoid onerous fines within the NHS system.

Experts fear a ticking time bomb with many people yet to resume regular dental care following the pandemic lockdowns.

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said:

“The lack of NHS dentists across the country is a real crisis for people. As well as being unable to sort out dental pain in the short term, people are storing up problems for the future without regular check-ups.”


Private London Dentists

The Smart Clinics based in Chelsea, London is seeing increased demand for its private dentistry services.

The company offers highly skilled and experienced dentists who can offer sophisticated services such as root canal, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics (including Invisalign) alongside excellent regular oral care for individuals and families.

Clients can visit on an ad hoc basis, but the company’s unique membership scheme offers a series of compelling benefits. The dentistry scheme offers a host of benefits for patients, including:

  • 2 Dental examinations a year (including X-rays when necessary)
  • 2 Dental hygiene appointments during the year
  • 20% off all dental treatments

Regular free dental examinations and hygiene is designed to keep your teeth in excellent condition. It means that any issues can be identified early too.

In addition, there are regular special offers for members. Right now, the company is offering £598 Off Invisalign® Clear Braces exclusively for members of the dental care scheme – a significant saving which makes the idea of getting straighter teeth even more appealing.

Dentistry Scheme Fee

The cost of the dentistry scheme is currently £43 per month. This provides all the above services and offers great value. Clients opting to include the medical scheme as well as the dental scheme can save with a combined membership fee.

Dentistry in Chelsea, London

The Smart Clinics’ new Chelsea location opened in 2019. The site offers high quality dental treatment for all the family in its fabulously fitted clinic with a highly experienced team of dentists.

Dentistry membership is available on its own or as an addition to the medical membership at reduced cost and entitles patients to a series of benefits and discounts. Non-members are also welcome to visit for treatment and can receive a quote dependent on their individual needs.

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The Smart Clinics is a private healthcare company established in 2013, offering a membership-based alternative to NHS care for individuals and families.

For more information contact or call  020 7052 0070.

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