Review dental care for children

Dental care is not accessible for all children.   Insufficient NHS services.   Often those who can pay will pay but those who can't wont bother unless they can find an NHS dentist, a rare find!

Also orthodontic care for children is insufficient.  Children are rated on a scale of 1 to 10.  If you are in 1-4 you are not eligible.  I have seen children with rating 3 and 4, their teeth are so crooked.   As they become teenagers, this makes them more self conscious impacting on their confidence and mental health.   This in turn may lead to demands in other services!  The services offered by the current contract provider to Government are dreadful.  A rude and abrupt practitioner.  30 seconds in the chair.  How much do we as taxpayers pay for that? No follow up letter to explain.   Extremely dissatisfied with the current service, we must be able to do better than this?

Why the contribution is important

Insufficient service

Abuse of taxpayer funds currently

by DKK on June 29, 2018 at 09:29AM

Current Rating

Average rating: 5.0
Based on: 2 votes


  • Posted by LeanGreen June 30, 2018 at 21:59

    Somebody needs to read the glossy Oral Health Strategy for the Isle of Man September 2010 and put it into action. It's all there. It just wasn't implemented.
  • Posted by manxklookie August 07, 2018 at 11:19

    I have had first hand experience of exactly the same treatment as described in the initial post. My child was put on the list for treatment over 2 years ago and fully expected to start treatment shortly but the assessment done a couple of weeks ago resulted in a 0.5mm measurement difference that meant she was no longer eligible. Had she been assessed at the time the dentist referred her it would probably have been a quite different story. This all came about because the Government decided to change the contract and the service fell apart while a new service provider was appointed. The appointed service provider will happily provide you with private treatment at a cost of £3500 with easy payment plans from Conister Bank though and I cannot help but think that this is the preferred route they want us to take. It is cheaper to get treatment in London privately, even with the cost of flights every 6 weeks.
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