An investigation has revealed the dark side of the NHS dentists. It has found fraudulent claims by NHS dentists that cost taxpayers over £73million last year. It is estimated that these dentists made over a million false claims for treatment of patients in 2009-2010. This highlights the level of corruption within the system.
After this revelation there is a blame game that has started among the politicians. Rather than addressing the issue they have been targeting each other, just to get some political mileage out of it. The ministers have now started to put the onus on the Labour party’s dental contract that was introduced in 2006.
In this contract, a banking system was created that allowed dentists to make claims for more expensive treatment than the work they carried out. Nowadays the dentists don’t issue claims on minor procedures like filling or crown, but lump all these treatments together to get a claim. The problem is many a time some of treatments are never delivered. The watchdog organization NHS Protect which conducted this investigation has warned the authorities that if this practice continues in the same trend then it would cost as much as £146.4million by 2014.