Do NHS dentists and GPs still exist?

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Whilst many people cannot find any dentist the ones who have will find it increasingly difficult to get any NHS treatment from that dentist.

My practise is called NHS and cosmetic practise. It seems though that they are more interested in selling treatment than providing the NHS treatment that is available.

At my last visit my dentist convinced me that I need to spend £52 on a tooth clean. Further enquries then revealed that one can get a free tooth clean on the NHS when the plague has reached a stage 4. My teeth were only at a stage 2 but my dentist didn’t tell me that at the time.

Unfortunately one cannot get the money back when one has paid that to a dentist. So where is the consumer protection there? Is ther any at all?

It seems to me that a dentist now actively refuses to refer patients for NHS dental treatment, even where that is possible, when they also sell the treatment on a private basis. Of course a dentist would damage their business prospects if they referred people for NHS treatment instead.

So why do we even get this illusion of NHS dentists running NHS services from half-private half-NHS practises?

Isn’t that just another attempt to phase out NHS dental services instead?

Even one of my GP’s from a church related medical practise wanted to convince me at my last visit that American style health care is the only viable solution to provide the services patients needs.

What patients are they talking about? The rich ones, who can afford it? Certinaly not the poor ones who could not afford any services if we get the expensive ones only.

Talking about age

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Doesn’t all that publicity about increase in age of the population and more dementia and Alzheimers and so on just lul service professionals into thinking that our older people are not so sharp anymore and they can slack in service standards?

I have undergone recent IQ testing, it is publicly available on theBBC website at the moment, and in one of the categories I am in the top 5% of participants.

My regular games results show me I am regularly in the top 10-20% of those taking part.

So my GP is now getting used to the idea that they actually have to try very hard to give me the best treatment available on the NHS and I am also currently working with my dentist to convince them that I am no push-over when it comes to service standards.

When I walked along Stratford Shopping centre one morning, and just turned around to look for my daughter, who was walking much slower behind me a gentleman approach me enquiring whether I lost my way and asking whether I knew where I was just because I looked around me.

It seems that the perception about older people is now that we are all a bit dumb and need help just walking around.

Let me assure you readers that this is not so.

Of course it depends how much a person drinks and how their general attitude is but I think there is no case for health services to think there are lower service expectations from older residents.

Dentists by default now think that removing teeth from older people and replacing them with cheap plastic dentures is the norm. I thoroughly oppose that stance. People should be able to get tooth implants on the NHS to enable better dental treatment. People need to be able to chew food.

No GP appointment available

I am registered with a local GP practise. I rang up this morning to make an appointment. Expecting a lengthy waiting time, I was amazed to be told that I cannot make any appointment at this time as they do not have any.

Not even online, on the Patient Access site are any appointments to be booked.

It’s totally unacceptable.

My GP surgery is completely closed on Thursday afternoons.

When ringing the GP when closed you are supposed to get put through to the community health services. That put me on a loop, being put onto the same answer machine message 3 times without any recourse on contacting my GP.

On the GP website is a link to an online consulation service, asking for symptoms I answered questions. They then came up with the warning, contact your GP immediately to make an appointment.

Yet the GP does not offer any appointments nor do they answer the phone on a Thursday.

I shall make a written complaint to my councillors, the local MP and also to the GP surgery directly.

It’s totally unsatisfactory that local GPs do not offer any appointments to patients.

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