The NHS system evokes mixed feelings, from irritation at access to care to confidence in the service that we are able to receive when we really need it. However, for those working within the system, it has an entirely different set of frustrations that are felt across the board. At Patient Plan Direct, we speak to a lot of dental practitioners and hear many anxieties regarding the future of NHS dentistry, how many of these resonate with you?
- Questions over the new contract
The new contract seems to be a long time coming, and this delay has created a heightened level of anticipation about what is to come. The longer we wait, the more commentary we will hear about what may or may not happen, which only increases anxiety and worry about what may be in store for those with an existing NHS contract.
- Lack of confidence in the system
Inadequacies with the existing system, delays to the new contract, politics, Brexit… whatever the reason, plenty of dental practitioners have lost faith in the NHS, which is causing many to turn away from it altogether.
- Feeling undervalued and underpaid
Under the NHS system, you can only do and earn so much thanks to the time and UDA targets placed on you. This inevitably creates a lot of pressure in meeting these targets, as well as adding an extra level of frustration at not being able to reach your full potential as a dental practitioner.
- Tired of being constrained
Within dentistry there are hundreds of products on the market and lots of new technologies constantly becoming available. As a dental professional this level of choice is exciting, but under the NHS there are constraints over what you can and can’t buy, thanks to the budget imposed on you.
The same goes for the amount of time you can spend with each patient. As a healthcare professional you will want to dedicate as much as time as each patient needs, but with targets to meet, this is simply impossible under the NHS system.
- Not being able to do the dentistry you love
This follows on from the previous point about feeling constrained, many dental practitioners cannot carry out the types of exciting treatments they would like to offer due to their NHS commitments.
- Low morale
Whether some or all of the above reasons apply to you, working under the NHS system often causes low morale, which can then reverberate throughout your practice. Inevitably, this is bad for business and becomes the turning point for many dentists wanting to move over to private practice.
If the constant pressure of the NHS system is starting to get you down, but you’re feeling unsure about the best steps to take towards private dentistry, introducing a patient plan could be the way forward for you and your practice. Our plans are practice branded, include Worldwide Dental A&E cover, and offer the lowest admin fees on the market. To speak to one of our team about the ways in which we could help, just give us a call on 0844 848 6888, email [email protected], or visit www.patientplandirect.co.uk.
- On 18th July 2017