Labour Government Phasing out NHS Dentistry
There is a new NHS Dental Contract. It appears that 1/3 of Birmingham's dentists (120) are likely to refuse to sign it.
The big difficulty is charging (and paying) the same fee regardless of the number of fillings. This seems to be orientated by NICE towards discouraging patients from turning up until they need quite a bit of work.
There are some sensible proposals such as how to handle out of hours work and paying monthly, but underlying it seems to be a desire to phase out NHS Dentistry.
There is also this concept that patients don't have a personal dentist (or GP), but shop around for anyone willing to deal with them on the day.
This seems to be driven my some ideological approach in Whitehall rather than considering the realities in Birmingham.