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Leicester children have worst tooth decay

Children in Leicester have the worst rate of tooth decay in England, according to a new report. It shows the city has more than 20 per cent more 5-year olds with the problem compared to the national average.

The city's high rate of deprivation is closely linked to dental health, with children more likely to have high sugar diets and less likely to practice good dental hygiene. Sally Lockwood reports.

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Statement: NHS Birmingham and Solihull on dentist guilty verdict

Dentist Dr Joyce Trail has been convicted of defrauding the NHS of £1.4 million, in one of the biggest cases of fraud the health service has ever seen.

A spokesperson for NHS Birmingham and Solihull said:

We are pleased with the outcome of the trial. Dr Trail’s NHS contract has been terminated by NHS Birmingham and Solihull and provisional arrangements have been put in place for patients at the practice to continue to receive NHS dentistry within the Handsworth area.

However, we would urge any former patient of Dr Trail who requires an NHS Dental appointment to contact our Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS) on 0121 255 0707 or 0121 713 8800 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

– NHS Birmingham and Solihull

Judge's comments on dental fraud

Dr. Joyce Trail, 50, has been found guilty along with her daughter Nyri Sterling,33, of conspiracy to defraud the NHS of £1.4 million.

She lived in a £1.2 million house while declaring an income of less than £50,000 a year to the Inland Revenue.

Judge Peter Carr said today

In your case there is no other option than a substantial sentence of imprisonment, the only thing I need to decide is its length.

"You abused your position as a professional and you abused your position as a dentist. You have effectively stolen a large amount of money that was not available to an already overstretched health service."

– Judge Peter Carr

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