Friday, March 31, 2006

Blair's Dentistry Policy Starts to Bite

LibDem activist Susanne Lamido has a heartfelt post on her blog about Blair's policy on NHS dentistry, which is well worth a read. I remember last year my friend Mark Fox, who stood in Great Yarmouth, found that there was not a single NHS dentist in the constituency. Looks like the same will go for the rest of the country soon.

7 comments:

Rigger Mortice said...

Let's look at the figures.Bliar is spending near £64.5 billion on the NHS and Major-last tory PM-spent £32 billion.
Which govt had the most NHS dentists?
They've burned the cash.My sister is a registrar(might be a consultant-don't know the difference) or some fancy thing in a hospital-but she's a dentist-and she told me all about how they dragged her and 7 other reg/con's on a 2 day 'quality management' course.All that got better was teh size of the queue to see her.

Sorry ...pissed,trying to hold together.She says she might even vote tory now-and she's a right leftie nutter,,,,,money grows on trees etc etc

Ed said...

I thought Tony's meeting with Helen Clark would have reinforced the need for good dentistry, obviously not.

Jonathan Sheppard said...

Quite right Iain.

On my blog ou will see a comment from my former dentist basicallu saying he is quitting the NHS after 30 years because of these reforms.

ian said...

So would you say that whoever started this slippery slope of payment at the point of need for NHS work was wrong?

Iain Dale said...

Ian, no one likes a smart arse. Try and blame the Tories for introducing this stupid new contract and see how far you get. That's what has done it. As well you know.

Anonymous said...

A good idea for that new 'Don't get me started' programme...

Coming from working class stock, I had to rely on NHS dentistry as a child to fix my hugely mis-shapen teeth.

And what a blessing that was. Now it would be dismissed as cosmetic lifestyle treatment.

Children today would have to find that fictional creature, the NHS orthodontist. They might find one hiding between Pegasus and the unicorn in the Augean stables..

Anonymous said...

Iain - Totally off topic...
You mentioned your dad was a farmer. Can you do a weekly 'Farming Today' feature?

My politics can no longer be described as Thatcherite.

But I detest with a vengeance the way Bliar paints all farmers as subsidy-guzzling, food-mountain-building, SUV-driving greed merchants whilst sucking up to his cronies at Tesco et al !!