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GPs filling the gaps in NHS dentistry

GPs are having to deal with more patients requiring dental treatment because of a shortage of NHS dentists, a GP is claiming.

Writing in the bmj, Dr Alastair Bint said there had been a 1,600 per cent rise in the number of dental-related consultations over the last ten years at his practice of 10,000 patients in Guildford, Surrey.

Dr Bint wrote: 'There is no provision in the NHS contract for general practitioners to be remunerated for dental work, despite health minister Ben Bradshaw's advising patients who could not get dental treatment to visit their general practitioner.

My audit results may be a symptom of declining dental availability. They also show, once again, how general practitioners are left to pick up work that should be performed by other professionals without adequate remuneration.'

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