Dentist Fines: Mistakes Over Addresses Hitting Thousands

Many fines incorrectly imposed after dental treatment are because of mistakes over patients’ addresses, says a health watchdog.

The latest figures show 385,000 fines were issued in the last financial year – and dentists say tens of thousands of £100 fines have been wrongly applied.

Healthwatch in Kirklees says problems with address records are a big factor.

The NHS accepts this accounts for some of the incorrect fines and says it is planning an information campaign.

The British Dental Association (BDA) last week called for urgent action to tackle a wave of £100 fines being wrongly applied to dental patients who had free treatment, with particular concerns about confusion among vulnerable people.

They had been fined following checks designed to stop people from fraudulently using free dental treatment when they should be paying.

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