Article Review: Lockdown exit plan - What does dentistry need?
The article discusses three potential areas that would help dentistry recover post-COVID: Bounce-back loans, NHS contracts & Reduction in PPE.
- There were major differences between the three lockdown periods, particularly as the lockdown on January 4th kept dentists open.
- During the entire COVID pandemic, it was felt that the dental industry had “fallen between the gaps” and this had caused many practices to face closure.
- The path to recovery, according to the article has three key elements:
- Financial Support.
- Fixing the NHS targets.
- Reduction in the use of PPE.
- The government should look at bounce-back loans for dental practices or consider an incentive similar to ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ to get patients back into their practice.
- NHS targets are a mess. Essentially the targets got increased by 25% at the beginning of the year and yet there were three factors stopping practices meeting these:
- Levels of PPE.
- And arguably most importantly, appointment non-attendance. (N.B. A no-show doesn’t count against your targets).
- PPE. Not only is it expensive, it also slows patient through-put. 20 minute COVID tests could be used to establish whether a patient has the virus or not and therefore help reduce the need for expensive PPE.
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