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BDA warns of 'exodus' from dentistry and 30 million lost appointments

25 May 2021

The British Dental Association has published the results of a new survey of dentists in England, raising concerns of an 'exodus from the service' amidst a continuing access crisis with nearly 30 million appointments lost since the first COVID-19 lockdown. 

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Nearly half the GDPs in England who responded indicated they are likely to move on - to either change career or seek early retirement in the next 12 months should current restrictions remain in place.
  • A similar proportion say they are likely to reduce their NHS commitment.
  • Wearing high-level PPE is singled out as the single biggest driver of the crisis of morale facing the workforce.

BDA analysis of Freedom of Information data has also indicated that nearly 70% of appointments (or 28 million courses of treatment) that would have been delivered in NHS services in England in the year from March 2020 have been missed, and estimates that the total is now likely to have exceeded 30 million. 

Read the press release

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