Open all dentists not just private

open dentist for NHS patients too, dentists are used to being around infectious diseases, i dont feel this is fair or justified, if ur private and pay 300 for root treatment you can be seen but nhs no? This effecting so many people

Why the contribution is important

My idea is important because because people are suffering with tooth pain and can't be seen because they not in position to pay, this also effects over all health and mental well being

by PAULAM877 on October 05, 2020 at 07:54PM

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Based on: 42 votes


  • Posted by JohnCC October 05, 2020 at 20:06

    There is surely a way of doing this in a safe manner. It may be that less people can be taken due to extra measures but it is surely possible to open safely and start working through the backlog.
  • Posted by Jackie October 05, 2020 at 20:18

    Dentists took very strict safety procedures even before this virus came along so surely they can open. It’s a basic human right to have your teeth seen too. It’s a sad day when you can go to the pub bit can’t go to dentist. We are all going to end up with no teeth
  • Posted by Morrisc0502 October 05, 2020 at 20:44

    Due to the majority of procedures dentist perform, such as AGP’s I believe the Government and NHS have acted correctly in protecting staff such as dentists during lockdown
  • Posted by alisona October 05, 2020 at 21:13

    Worried about children's dental health. Private dentists are fully open, so if you can afford it, you can get treatment. Not good
  • Posted by ScottishLass October 05, 2020 at 23:02

    Totally agree! I am private and can get treatment as i pay. However kids cant get basic check ups because NHS funding has been stopped. People meeting in pubs is more important than oral health
  • Posted by AlisonL October 05, 2020 at 23:15

    A 2-tier system has now been created. Where the people who can afford to go privately will be fine but those who can’t afford it are left without treatment. If it’s safe to carry out treatment privately it’s safe enough to carry out for everyone.
  • Posted by Seriouslystrong October 06, 2020 at 03:35

    Something is either reasonably safe or isn't. Ability to pay should not affect that. Very decisive to only have dental Access for well off.
  • Posted by Holidayg61 October 06, 2020 at 05:20

    If it’s safe enough in a private practice it’s no different in an NHS one. The virus doesn’t know if you are paying or not. The repercussions of poor dental health going forward will be high and those of us who cannot afford to go private will suffer the most. Inequality at its best.
  • Posted by Julie October 06, 2020 at 09:38

    The Scottish government are just not listening. During the previous consultation earlier this year the issue of dental care was one of the most commented on items. Here we are 6 months in and it is still only those who can pay that can be treated. This is a major priority so do something about it this time please or these “consultations” are a complete waste of time. .
  • Posted by Pipkins October 10, 2020 at 15:49

    I'm generally in favour of the Scottish government Covid measures and often want them to do more, but the continuing closure of dental surgeries is getting ridiculous. As others have said, it's ok if you can afford private treatment but tough luck if you can't.
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