Posted 29/01/2019 By: Loveness Chihoyi
The British Dental Association said NHS dental care was "increasingly a postcode lottery" with problems across the country. It is said that some people had been waiting more than three years to register with a dentist.
Mr Woodhouse pulled out his own teeth after he had been unable to find a NHS surgery in Cornwall for more than 18 months. An NHS emergency treatment centre offered to extract the tooth in December 2018 but he would not deal with his long-term problem with a dental plate. Three weeks later he took out the tooth himself with a pair of pliers as it was causing him pain.
According to NHS England, there are more than 48,000 patients on the waiting lists in Devon and Cornwall. A search on the NHS website reveals that just one practice in Cornwall is accepting new patients
In 2017, it was reported that a couple, Rebecca Brearey and Nick Oldroyd, from West Yorkshire, also pulled out their own teeth after waiting four years for NHS dental treatment.
The chair of the British Dental Association Mick Armstrong told trade publication dentistry.co.uk.“The government has failed to even acknowledge the scale of the crisis that’s been facing dentistry for several years”
Loveness Chihoyi, Trainee Legal Executive in the Medical Negligence team at Ashtons Legal, comments: “It is shocking to read that patients are resorting to such drastic measures to alleviate their symptoms in the 21st century. I appreciate this highlights that the NHS dental care is under immense pressure; however, there are serious risks associated with ‘DIY tooth extraction’ and there ought to be sufficient dental services to meet the needs of the local population.’’
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