This is quite an area of discussion
because of recent changes. First, a little story.
has a friend who had been with the same dentist for 30 years.
It was a prominent city centre dentists practice. The partner who he
saw was a lady with very distinguished qualifications, including a 38
double D rack on her chest. Whilst at work, this partner
never wore a
bra under her white coat. When she was bent over you doing your teeth,
and you were staring down that ample cleavage, it was impossible to
feel any pain. Sadly, she was a lady of integrity. She said she would
retire at the age of 50, and she kept her word. Her replacement was
another lady, not so well endowed, but newly qualified from college to
the highest standard. The lady was au fait with the latest techniques
and was so
gentle with injections that, again, you felt no pain. All was well
until the powers that be varied the dentists contract. The above
opted out of the NHS, leaving CB's
friend having to change dentists.
Years ago, if you changed dentists, the
new dentist insisted on ripping out all your old fillings "to ensure
the soundness of your teeth under the metal". Really, it was to claim
the payment from the NHS, regardless of your discomfort, or any
professional respect for the work done by the previous practitioner.
This practice was eventually stopped. The new dental contract awards
the NHS dentist "points"
for work done and he has to make so many points in the year, according
information, to begin earning money.
pal found a new dentist. The new guy advised CB's pal that he had
periodontitis, which is a gum disease. Periodontitis is preceded by the
onset of gingivitis, and is the second stage of the disease, the third
being the eventual falling out of your teeth. The treatment is to peel
gums from your teeth and scrape the tooth under the gum line, very
distressful and with much pain. CB's pal contacted his old dentist to
ask why he had never been treated for this and was told because he
didn't have it. CB's pal cancelled his appointment for the first of
these treatments and so is now, presumably, without a dentist. If he
gets another one, he will probably meet with the same diagnosis, so he
isn't going to bother until he needs a dentist, at which time he will
find out where he stands.
The dimwits who are responsible for the
new changes seem impervious to the needs of the patient. There is also
a question of contract involved here. CB is not a lawyer but
lets think about this. When you first start work, you have to pay
national insurance. There is no choice, it is compulsory. At that
point, surely, a contract is established between you and the
government, who administer national insurance. In England, once a
contract is in
force, it cannot be varied without the consent of both
parties. So, if
the minions make any changes, surely those changes can only apply to
the people that join the scheme after the changes. Those already with a
contract should not be affected by the changes, and if they are, surely
the government are in breach of that contract. Now, this could work
against you, but history shows that changes take away from you and
never seem to give you anything. CB invites comment via the feedback
page from professionals who know contract law on the above
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