NHS Medical Negligence claims 2008-2013:
Our personal injury solicitors secured dental negligence compensation for a client who was the victim of dental negligence.
In January 2012, our client attended for appointment with his dentist (the defendant) complaining of swelling and pain to the left side of his mouth. He was advised that he had an abscess on his lower left molar (LL6) and the treatment options were root canal therapy or extraction. Our client elected to have root canal therapy, which was commenced that day.
Our client returned a week later for his dentist to complete the root canal therapy.
In March 2012 our client returned following a prolonged period of pain in his LL6. His treatment was taken over by another dentist. Our client was informed the root canal therapy had not been sufficiently completed. Although the second dentist attempted to rectify this, regrettably this attempt was unsuccessful and the tooth was extracted in June 2013.
The claimant was awarded £3,500 in dental negligence compensation.
Dental negligence compensation claims
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A survey of 343 dentists has revealed that 92% of those polled have removed a tooth where alternative treatments may have been available.
Target Driven Funding
The way in which funding is allocated to dental surgeries is directly related to the number of ‘units of dental activity’ (UDA) recorded by each practice.
This system has been blamed for the unnecessary removal of teeth, as the same UDA is awarded for an extraction as is awarded to a more lengthy process such as root canal surgery.
This means that there is currently little incentive for dentists to carry out more time consuming and complex procedures.
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In excess of 100 family dentists have rallied to express negative sentiment at the “compromised and mismanaged” condition of the NHS dental service.
The Tooth Hurts
In the open letter, the dental practitioners state that tooth decay is the third most common cause of hospital admittance among children, and that gum disease is prevalent in nearly half of all adults.
One section reads:
“We are witnessing the manipulation of Government figures and statistics that hide the rotten truth, such as dumbing-down how decay is measured and reported, by avoiding modern methods like X-Rays. Just using ‘visible’ eyesight alone misses the hidden decay that’s rotting the population’s teeth.”
The letter was organised by West Yorkshire based dentist Dr Anthony Kilcoyne. He speaks of the “massive frustration” experienced by colleagues over the current target-driven culture:
“All of healthcare needs to work with patients. They are living, breathing, feeling, emotional people. They are not widgets, they are not products on a conveyor belt. Health professionals need time to care.”