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Mistrust And Mental Health Issues Revealed In Survey Of UK Dentists

November 25, 2019

Eighty-four per cent of NHS dentists, compared to 51% of private dentists, believe their current role has negatively affected their mental health, according to the latest Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey, released by Practice Plan. Even more worrying is that 72% of dentists said that they were not confident about which organisation to turn to for support if they were feeling overly stressed or worried about their mental health.

More than 400 dentists responded to the survey, run by Practice Plan, between April and June 2019. They were also asked for their thoughts on contract reform. The majority of both NHS and predominantly private dentists said they felt reform would increase their workload, decrease their profitability and will work well for the Government but not for patients and dental professionals. Over 80% of NHS (88%) and predominantly private (83%) dentists also said that they felt unconfident in their knowledge of contract reform.

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