Detrimental Decline in NHS Dentists in Leicester

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In the course of one year, over 70 dental professionals with NHS contracts have stopped working for the NHS.

According to research issued by the Reach Data Unit, there has been a 10% reduction in the quantity of NHS dentists in the last year, 6% higher than the national average.

“there has been a 10% reduction in the quantity of NHS dentists in the last year, 6% higher than the national average.“

The biggest loss was in West Leicestershire's Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), with a 16% drop to fewer than 40 dentists. Leicester City's CCG also experienced a dramatic reduction, down to less than 30 dentists, 11% lower than the previous year. East Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs had the least adversity, with just four dental professionals leaving in each location (2% drop).

The NHS experienced a large increase in staff absence over the initial phases of lockdown, but since then targets have been raised. To meet the set standards, practices need to have 85% of their contract completed by the end of this month. However, some clinics can have an extension to report missed appointments due to workforce absenteeism over the covid period.

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