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Hucknall dental services under further strain as BUPA practice suspends NHS service

The practice, on Portland Road, now only provides care to private patients, while patients currently registered with the NHS have been told they need to find another dentist as the practice cannot offer any NHS services at the moment .

This decision is a blow for residents already facing the current pressure on services in all sectors.

A BUPA spokesperson said: ‘We understand how difficult it is to get an NHS dental appointment in Nottinghamshire, and we are sorry that we are unable to offer NHS appointments for the moment.

The BUPA dental practice in Hucknall has stopped taking new NHS patients. Photo: Google

“The dental sector across the UK is experiencing a national skills shortage, which makes it extremely difficult to recruit dentists to deliver NHS care.

“Hucknall’s practice currently has four long-standing vacancies for NHS dentists, and despite our best efforts, it is very difficult to find NHS dentists for these positions due to staff shortages.

“We want to reassure all of our patients that we are doing everything we can to recruit more dentists to Bupa Dental Care Hucknall.

“Rest assured that we will be in touch with patients when we can offer NHS appointments.”

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The practice no longer providing its NHS service, this means there is only one current NHS dental provider in Hucknall, Portland Road Family Dental Center, opposite the practice BUPA.

For Hucknall residents, the move puts even more pressure on NHS services at a time when NHS doctor and dentist appointments are in short supply for many.

One patient, who declined to be named, said: ‘At a time of Cost of life crisis is literally a kick in the teeth.

The patient also questioned the healthcare provision for the number of homes planned in Hucknall.

They said: ‘Who will be providing NHS doctors and dental care for all these extra people in the next few years as people struggle to get doctor and dentist appointments?’

However, there has been no confirmation at this stage that the center will offer dentistry as part of its production.

Lee Waters, Ashfield Independents member for Hucknall North, said: “That’s exactly why we’re prioritizing talks about bringing NHS dentists to the new super health center in West Street.

“The Tories have promised to increase the number of NHS dentists in 2019, which has been revealed as another broken promise.”

He said Mark Spencer, Conservative MP for Sherwood, who includes Hucknall, “really has some questions to answer on this as this news exacerbates an already serious problem”.

Coun Dave Shaw, Ashfield Independents member for Hucknall North, said: ‘This is nothing more than cuts and a march towards full privatization of the NHS.

“Mr Spencer and the Government must be brought to account for the lack of dental services at Hucknall and more support for our beloved NHS.”

Mr Spencer replied: “First of all, maybe Ashfield independents should focus on getting their own house in order before trying to throw mud on others.

“It is disappointing that the practice BUPA has decided not to take any more patients from the NHS and I urge them to rethink this decision.

“The Government announced in January over £9m of funding in the Midlands alone for more NHS dentist appointments with incentives for dentists to take more patients and I really hope our many dentists in the region will be able to review their operation and seek to take on more patients

“If you are looking for an NHS dentist and are unable to get an appointment, please call the NHS on 0330 3112233.”

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