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17:36 September 1, 2022
A dental practice which closed for good earlier this month has run up nearly £1million in debt – including a six-figure sum to the NHS.
The Manor House dental practice in Long Stratton treated its last patients on August 5 and went into voluntary liquidation.
Now documents filed on his Companies House profile have revealed the surgery owes £992,800 to a host of different organisations.
Much of that debt, £444,245 in total, is owed to NHS England.
The surgery, which was run by Simply Smile, also owed more than half a million pounds – £537,410 – to a company listed as Simply Smile UK Ltd.
The company runs a number of surgeries in the area, including a private practice in Long Stratton and sites in Dereham, Stalham and Ely.
Each firm is registered as a separate company, with Simply Smile Manor House Limited appointing Opus LLP as its liquidator.
A spokesperson for the NHS in the east of England said: “We are committed to ensuring everyone has access to high quality dental care across Norfolk and we are working closely with healthcare providers to improve access to services, including inviting NHS contract holders to undertake additional activities.
“We are investigating the closure of Manor House Dental Surgery and will work with contract holders to outline how we can provide accessible and efficient dental care in the area.
“Urgent and emergency dental care is available for those who need it, and people should continue to use the NHS 111 service for advice on where to go.”
Long Stratton County Councilor Alison Thomas said the amount owed to the NHS was concerning – and asked how patients who had prepaid for treatment would be reimbursed.
Ms Thomas, who chairs the council’s health oversight committee, said: “This is a big concern and something we need to look at in the months ahead.
“We will ask what is in place to ensure that patients, in particular, do not simply end up on a long list of creditors.
“We will also ask ourselves what can be put in place to ensure that other surgeries do not become financially unsustainable and go out of business due to money that should have been used to give people access to care. dental safe.”
An Opus spokesperson said it was too early to comment on the debts.