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NHS dental care 'too hard to find'

Patients are struggling to find NHS dental care, according to a consumer watchdog.

Healthwatch England said "confusing and inaccurate" information about where to access free care means some are travelling up to 40 miles to find a NHS provider, while others become so frustrated by their search for a health service dentist that they end up paying for private treatment.

The watchdog also warned that some patients are being "deregistered" from NHS dentists for missing appointments, even if they have a valid reason.

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Dentists 'can refuse to see particular patients'

Dentists do have the right to refuse to see particular patients, NHS England's Chief Dental Officer told Good Morning Britain.

Dr Barry Cockcroft said "there's no absolute right to see a specific dentist."

Consumer watchdog Healthwatch have found examples of patients getting "deregistered" from their dental practices for missing single appointments, in one case to take a relative for cancer treatment.

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