NHS dental patients ‘told to go private’ as watchdog warns of crisis

Covid is straining services, with patients advised to treat themselves, says Healthwatch England

Some NHS dental patients are being asked to pay for private appointments to get treatment while others face two-year waits to be seen, a watchdog has warned.

Healthwatch England was contacted by hundreds of people between October and December last year complaining about dentistry issues in the health service, with one patient told their odds of successful treatment would increase substantially if they paid for private care.

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