NHS dental services in near-terminal decline

Nearly six million fewer courses of NHS dental treatment were provided last year than in the pre-pandemic year; funding in 2021/22 was over £500m lower in real terms than in 2014/15 and there are widespread problems in accessing a dentist. Full, universal access to NHS dentistry has probably gone for good, and a drift to the private sector has been taking place for years. We propose both short-term and longer-term approaches to avoid further decline in a major new policy briefing.

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