Dentistry should be portrayed more positively in the press, survey suggests

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20th September 2016 18:12 - Health

Dentistry should be portrayed more positively in the press, survey suggests: According to the most recent NHS Confidence Monitor survey findings, NHS dentistry should be portrayed in a more positive light in the national media.Dentistry should be portrayed more positively in the press, survey suggests

The survey findings revealed that dental workers believe that increased positive messages in the media would help to improve the general public’s view of NHS dentistry. Of the respondents, 50 per cent had ideas about how the public’s perception on NHS dentistry could be enhanced.

One in three respondents said that they feel that more support from the government and the regulator would have a good impact on the confidence between dental professionals.

As well as this, the survey also found that 90 per cent of dental employees are not as confident about NHS dentistry’s future as they were last year. Similarly, 84 per cent of the respondents said that they were less confident about their career in NHS dentistry than they were 12 months prior.

Of the respondents, 78 per cent said that they were worried about their ability to provide patients with the correct balance of prevention versus treatment in times to come under the NHS.

88 per cent said that they are not confident that they will be rewarded with a fair level of remuneration in the future whilst they work within NHS dentistry. A further 86 per cent said the same of their ability to work effectively within the NHS framework in the future.

The survey also found that the respondents had concerns about the experiences future patients may have, with 76 per cent saying that they are not confident that patients will be satisfied with the outcome of their visit to an NHS dentist in years to come.

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