Before coming to work in the UK as a Dentist or Dental professional in either the NHS Dental sector or the Private Dentistry sector , it is important to have a good understanding of how both sectors work.

Here we will discuss the private dental sector in some detail, which will provide good foundations for knowledge and future job decisions we would hope. Knowledge and information should be gleaned from our site and from talking to our knowledgable staff at Medicruit, which will help make career decisions by foreign dentists from europe a lot easier.
Of course most practices within the UK work with both the private dentistry sector and the NHS.

The UK market for private dentistry is continuing to grow exponentially. The market grew by more than 60 %  between 1997 and 2001 and is currently valued at over £1 billion. In real terms that’s a 50% increase in size!

More than 7 millon members of the public in the UK regularly receive private dental work. Most of these private dental practices provide Private AND NHS treatment. In fact only 200 out of all the 11,000 dental practices in the United Kingdom, provide only private dental work.

The reason for this proliferation is twofold. Firstly the NHS Dental Department is wildly overstretched. Secondly, more and more members of the public are choosing to go private for cosmetic dental treatments like tooth whitening.

These are the factors where the public are affecting the market. Dentists are affecting the industry directly by choosing private patients, naturally, as simply the work is more varied and it pays better. The Government, and past Governments have failed to address the issue and have seriously underfunded the NHS Dental Service for years.

It would be fair to predict the Private Dentistry sector will continue to flourish whilst the NHS side will reduce if the next Government follows suit. David Cameron has said that he will address issues with the NHS Dental Service.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 5:51 pm.
Categories: Private Dentistry.

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  1. Gilbert - Mar 12th, 2014

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