Leigh Primary Care Dental Surgery, London Road, halts free treatment as NHS funding runs out

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PATIENTS at a Leigh dental practice are being told to go elsewhere if they want free dental treatment because the surgery has run out of NHS funds.

The Leigh Primary Care Dental Surgery on London Road, is telling patients who try to book appointments that they can’t get NHS appointments there until the start of the new financial year in April.

Jo Maddison, 34, tried to get an NHS appointment for her four-year-old daughter Daisy last week but was told she would have to pay £21 if she wanted it.

Miss Maddison, who has been a patient for three years, said: “Obviously it’s a shame for all kids under 18 who have got toothache and in 2014 can’t get free treatment on the NHS.

“I wanted to inform people so I put a message out on Twitter. I would have thought that the surgery would have wanted to tell everyone when they have so many patients.

“Surely the funding shouldn’t run out in January when they’ve still got three months until the end of the financial year?”

Another patient, who asked not to be named, said: “I was told my usual treatment would be more than £20 extra than it would otherwise have been. I haven’t got that kind of money to spare.”

The centre is run by the Hurunani & Co group. A spokeswoman at the company said: “Over the last three months we’ve seen a surge in patients which has made us use up our funding for the year.

“No emergency treatment is being stopped at all. Any patients that are just being seen for routine treatment are given an option to go to our Hockley practice, or they can wait until April.

“We’re not turning anybody away and we’ve extended our hours in Hockley.”

A spokesman for NHS England’s Essex Area Team, who provide funding to surgeries, said: “NHS England are committed to providing the best possible dental care to our patients.

“If a practice does run out of funding then delaying treatment until April isn't the only option.

“Patients should be being informed by their dentist that they are welcome to visit any other NHS dental practice as not all practices will have used their funding for the current financial year."

FUNDING for NHS dental treatment has gone through several changes over the last few years, and is set to change again.

Last year, primary care trusts (PCTs) were abolished and the commissioning of dental services taken over by NHS England.

The body took over allocating funding for the services but inherited the type of currency used – called units of dental activity (UDAs) – which were introduced in 2006.

They measure things that dentists do but are not popular with all and are opposed by the British Dental Association. For example a unit counts as the same when one filling is given to someone as it does when one person receives 12 fillings.

The Leigh practice is no longer able to take NHS patients this year because it has used up its UDA quota in January.

Different practices can be given wildly differing sizes of quotas depending on the contract they have agreed with NHS England.

Their use is currently being reviewed by government.

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2:14pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer.

The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around.

It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag.

All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No?

But you don't mind it happening to the country overall..

FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one.

Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.
Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer. The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around. It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag. All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No? But you don't mind it happening to the country overall.. FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one. Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

We need to get to the root of the problem.
We need to get to the root of the problem. MilesBond
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

RobertFS says...

i wonder if bad financial management may be a contributing factor?
i wonder if bad financial management may be a contributing factor? RobertFS
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

RobertFS says...

RobertFS wrote:
i wonder if bad financial management may be a contributing factor?
by the dental surgery, i mean.
[quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: i wonder if bad financial management may be a contributing factor?[/p][/quote]by the dental surgery, i mean. RobertFS
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

No wonder people go to A & E.
Pensioners are expected to pay hundreds of pounds for teeth on the NHS I wonder if people realise that. Not me I add hastily.
No wonder people go to A & E. Pensioners are expected to pay hundreds of pounds for teeth on the NHS I wonder if people realise that. Not me I add hastily. jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

7:59pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

This is a new-ish fancy place with-in pall mall surgery and other NHS services, no wonder the funds have dried up until April, its a busy building, everything under one roof i bet they have been inundated with patients. i recall when they first opened not many people in there then it was great as no one knew about it...Sssssh.
This is a new-ish fancy place with-in pall mall surgery and other NHS services, no wonder the funds have dried up until April, its a busy building, everything under one roof i bet they have been inundated with patients. i recall when they first opened not many people in there then it was great as no one knew about it...Sssssh. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

7:15am Fri 31 Jan 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer.

The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around.

It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag.

All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No?

But you don't mind it happening to the country overall..

FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one.

Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.
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[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer. The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around. It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag. All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No? But you don't mind it happening to the country overall.. FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one. Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.[/p][/quote]ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Happy Chickie
  • Score: 0

11:02am Fri 31 Jan 14

BASILBRUSH says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer.

The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around.

It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag.

All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No?

But you don't mind it happening to the country overall..

FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one.

Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.
When will people stop believing the Tripe spouted by The Daily Mail and UKIP!?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer. The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around. It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag. All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No? But you don't mind it happening to the country overall.. FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one. Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.[/p][/quote]When will people stop believing the Tripe spouted by The Daily Mail and UKIP!? BASILBRUSH
  • Score: -2

12:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ian P says...

“No emergency treatment is being stopped at all. Any patients that are just being seen for routine treatment are given an option to go to our Hockley practice, or they can wait until April. We’re not turning anybody away and we’ve extended our hours in Hockley.” Would it not be easier for all concerned to move some money from the Hockley Practice to the Leigh Practice? That way patients avoid travel and are treated by the Dentist they know.
“No emergency treatment is being stopped at all. Any patients that are just being seen for routine treatment are given an option to go to our Hockley practice, or they can wait until April. We’re not turning anybody away and we’ve extended our hours in Hockley.” Would it not be easier for all concerned to move some money from the Hockley Practice to the Leigh Practice? That way patients avoid travel and are treated by the Dentist they know. Ian P
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Charlie Marks says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer.

The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around.

It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag.

All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No?

But you don't mind it happening to the country overall..

FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one.

Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.
This tells you all you need to know about Kim Gandy:
http://www.edlnews.c
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t-news/latest-news/4
25-exposed-ukip-cand
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ter-kim-gandy
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer. The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around. It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag. All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No? But you don't mind it happening to the country overall.. FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one. Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.[/p][/quote]This tells you all you need to know about Kim Gandy: http://www.edlnews.c o.uk/index.php/lates t-news/latest-news/4 25-exposed-ukip-cand idate-and-edl-suppor ter-kim-gandy Charlie Marks
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Matt - Kent says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer. The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around. It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag. All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No? But you don't mind it happening to the country overall.. FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one. Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.
It not the fact that the NHS waste far too much money on "consultants" rather than on the front line Nurses and Doctors?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Yet another sign of overcrowded and broken Britain. The infrastructure just won't take this level of immigration. The NHS and schools are the first to suffer. The NHS was set up for healthcare that was free at the point of delivery. Of course we all PAY for it through our National Insurance but while ever there are more and more people arriving and wanting treatment there will be less to go around. It's simple economics to most of us but no doubt the lefties will give it another tag. All of those who advocate unfettered immigration I challenge you to open up your homes and fill every room with incomers. No? But you don't mind it happening to the country overall.. FACT: the NHS is pushed to breaking point, with overcrowded hospitals and people queueing for treatment and doctors' surgeries that don't have an appointment for days when you call for one. Never used to be like this when immigration levels were sensible and manageable.[/p][/quote]It not the fact that the NHS waste far too much money on "consultants" rather than on the front line Nurses and Doctors? Matt - Kent
  • Score: -1

5:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

a bit long in the tooth this story....
a bit long in the tooth this story.... Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Sat 1 Feb 14

pinkmoon says...

That girl has Wendy Craigs hair ! nice one
That girl has Wendy Craigs hair ! nice one pinkmoon
  • Score: -1

10:23pm Sat 1 Feb 14

pinkmoon says...

Wendy Craigs Hair !!!!
Wendy Craigs Hair !!!! pinkmoon
  • Score: -1

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