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Can I refuse to treat a dental abscess?

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There are some problems with the advice given, particularly that of the MPS adviser to 'carry out an adequate assessment'. The only way I can carry out an'adequate assessment' is to employ a dentist and get them to assess there and then - I am clearly not competent to do it myself as I have neither the education, skills, nor equipment to carry out an 'adequate assessment'! Advice from respected dental authorities (such as Deans of Dental Schools), is that often proper and best treatment does include drainage, but does NOT include antibiotics. I feel these two aspects are not suficiently attended to by the advisers in the article:- it remains a very difficult area where we cannot avoid excess risks of complaint while NHS expects to have GPs assess these patients for free because it won't pay dentists to do it.

Posted date

25 Jan 2017

Posted time

10:18am

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