Blossom Family Dental Care on Blossom Street in York is discontinuing its provision of adult NHS dental services as of April 1. The decision comes amid challenges in recruiting NHS dentists and inadequate funding from the NHS. The practice will offer adult patients a membership plan for private treatment and will continue to prioritize children on the NHS for as long as possible.
The move has left some patients shocked, with one patient expressing frustration over the lack of NHS provision. She has been offered a private dental plan at the practice, but she plans to shop around for a better deal. The prospect of unaffordable private dental care for some patients has raised concerns.
The situation has prompted both of York’s MPs to approach the practice after being contacted by worried constituents. Conservative MP Julian Sturdy has sought clarification about the decision, and Labour MP Rachael Maskell has called for an overhaul of failed NHS contracts for dental care. Both MPs are concerned about access to NHS dental care and the potential impact on the community.
The difficulties in accessing an NHS dentist are not unique to York, with national implications. The Yorkshire and Humber Integrated Care Board has acknowledged the challenges and is working to maintain and improve dental services in the region. They advise people experiencing severe tooth pain or other dental issues to contact NHS 111 for referral to an urgent dental service.
The Blossom Family Dental Care has been approached for a comment.