british dental association warns of potential shift to 4am queues for nhs dental treatment

4am queues for NHS dental treatment could become the new normal, warns the British Dental Association

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 12:15 BST, 8 February 2021 | Updated: 12:15 BST, 8 February 2021

The British Dental Association (BDA) has warned that long queues forming as early as 4am for NHS dental treatment could become the new normal due to the growing backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the BDA, patients are facing increasingly long waits for dental care, with some even resorting to sleeping outside dental practices to secure an appointment. The association has called on the government to address the issue urgently.

Dental services in the UK have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, with many routine treatments being postponed or cancelled. This has led to a backlog of cases, resulting in delayed access to dental care for patients.

The BDA has expressed concerns about the impact of these delays on patients’ oral health and wellbeing. They argue that the situation is particularly concerning for vulnerable groups, such as children and individuals with special needs, who may require urgent dental treatment.

In addition to the long queues, dental practices are also facing financial challenges due to reduced patient numbers and increased costs associated with implementing COVID-19 safety measures. The BDA has called for increased funding to help dental practices cope with these difficulties and ensure patients receive timely and appropriate care.

The association has urged the government to provide clear guidance and support to dental practices, as well as prioritize the vaccination of dental professionals to ensure the safe provision of dental services.

The BDA’s warning comes as the UK continues to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with healthcare services stretched to their limits. The dental sector is just one of many areas facing significant challenges as a result of the crisis.

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