The UK government has announced plans to address the shortage of NHS dental care by offering a £20,000 bonus to dentists who join the practice in underserved areas. They also plan to increase standard payments for NHS work and provide additional funding for treatments and services, such as teeth-cleaning in schools and mobile dental units in rural areas.
However, these measures have been criticized by dental leaders for not going far enough to address the ongoing crisis. The aim is to provide 1.5 million more treatments over the next year, but concerns remain about the adequacy of funding and access to care in many communities. Click here to read full article.