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I’m heading to the dentist tomorrow… for that delightful experience of a scale and polish and I am really not looking forward to the weeks of feeling like my teeth are not mine, not to mention looking like a vampire when I leave the room. We pay for our dental care privately because there are not enough NHS dentists in our area (which is probably quite common throughout the UK). Fortunately, at the moment I am entitled to free dental care… fortunate, because the hubby has just received an £800 bill for his teeth… That being said, surely more should be done to help people receive affordable dental care. I don’t think my grumbles are exclusive to dentists; even GP surgeries suffer from a lack of funding.
Taking it a step further, I think my grievances are echoed throughout the UK; in Wales almost 46% of respondents to a recent survey by First4Lawyers would pay for private healthcare if they could afford it. It is staggering to consider that an institution that began to provide us with a ‘free’ and vital service is actually failing to fulfil its role and turning people away. There is a vast amount of distrust between doctor and patient with over 41% of those asked in Wales feel that doctors do not listen to us, the patients.
However, in all honesty, the NHS is understaffed and underfunded and that, in itself, leads to the claims of the negligence of doctors within the NHS. It is a case of swings and roundabouts; tax payers complain about high taxes, taxes fund the NHS, the NHS is being forced to cut costs and the costs of running such a service keep rising. Perhaps, the only way to solve the problem is to cut the extortionately high wages of those at the top and allocate the money further down the ladder.
What are your thoughts?