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Shock for families as dentists go private.

HUNDREDS of families in Coventry have been given the shock news that their dentist is quitting the NHS.

Five dentists are going private and have handed in their notice, it was revealed today.

More than 5,000 patients will now face finding another dentist elsewhere or paying for their treatment. About half of those affected are children.

Letters have been sent out telling patients they will no longer be eligible for free NHS treatment at five practices. A total of 2,558 children and 2,444 adults will be affected.

People eligible for free treatment will have to find a new NHS dentist, but many practices already refuse to take new NHS patients even though they still do some NHS work.

Those who already pay for their treatment are likely to have to agree to pay a set minimum monthly fee which covers check-ups.

The dentists are leaving because of a controversial new contracts system being introduced next month by the Department of Health.

William Sidhu, secretary of the Coventry Dental Community, said instead of being paid per A treatment, dentists would receive a fee per patient

The PCT refused to release the names of the practices who have left the NHS, but said they were located all over the city.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 13, 2006
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