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Dentists 'may mislead patients'

Dentists may be purposely misleading patients, giving them inaccurate information about their NHS entitlements, in a bid to prompt them into paying for private care, a watchdog has said.

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Health Minister: Dentists 'misleading' patients is a 'very serious matter'

We welcome this study which has found that the vast majority of patients are happy with their dental treatment, and that the vast majority of dentists behave ethically.

However, denying patients care on the basis of misinformation is a very serious matter. Any dentist that does this risks breaching their contract and we would expect the local NHS to take action.

Since May 2010 an extra one million people are now seeing an NHS dentist, and we are strongly committed to increasing the skill mix, making sure patients can see the right dental professional at the right time.

– Lord Howe, Health Minister

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