Lib Dem baloney as FEWER GPs and dentists retire early

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An anonymous Freedom of Information request has revealed today that contrary to Cole-Hamilton’s predictions last April, fewer GPs and dentists are retiring early. See this:


So, neither really sick to the back teeth of their jobs?



3 thoughts on “Lib Dem baloney as FEWER GPs and dentists retire early

  1. Alasdair Macdonald April 3, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    They just say these things, knowing that Nomedia will publish it uncritically. If they ever deign to publishing a correction if they actually accept one of your complaints, it will be in a small place on an inside page.

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  2. Ludo Thierry April 3, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Oddly enough the beeb Health page had an article commenting on the “..hike..” in dental fees in England coming into effect on April 1st and actively drawing the (positive) distinction with the situation in Scotland – and going on to note favourably the larger amount being spent per head (mouth?) in Scotland and Northern Ireland compared to England – Naturally no similar (or identical even) article found its way onto the beeb Scotland pages – One can’t help but wonder whether the observations of the BDA leader Henrik Overgaard-Nielson regarding the “..savage cuts..” and prediction that dentistry in England could become an NHS Service “ name only..” don’t fit with beeb Scotland’s Better Together agenda? Link and snippets below:

    An inflation-busting hike in dentistry fees mean NHS patients in England will pay £1.10 extra for a routine check-up.

    The new charges, which begin on Monday, will also see the cost of a set of dentures rise by £12.80 to nearly £270.

    Dentistry leaders say charges are increasingly being relied on and in the future dentistry could end up as an NHS service “in name only”.

    Analysis by the British Dental Association shows patient charges are increasingly being used to fund the service.

    They account for nearly 30% of the budget, up from just over 20% in 2010.

    The government currently invests £2bn a year in the service – a drop of £500m in real terms since 2010.

    It means England is behind the rest of the UK when it comes to public funding.

    Currently, the government funds the service to the equivalent of £36 per person per year, compared with over £50 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    BDA leader Henrik Overgaard-Nielson said charges were discouraging to patients and covering for “savage cuts”.

    The rest of the UK also uses charges.

    Wales has a similar banding system to England – but fees are between a fifth and a third lower.

    In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the way charges are applied is quite different – but patients never pay more than a fifth of what their treatment costs.

    In all the UK nations, there are exemptions for children and those on low incomes.

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  3. Contrary April 3, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    Hi Ludo, is that charges for the actual dental treatment? Check ups are free in Scotland – which I think is a good thing, it gets people to go to the dentist regularly even if they can’t afford treatment & at least they know what is wrong to either save up or decide it’s not worth fixing! (It can also identify other problems, dentists should know everything about your head)

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