That’s quite a bold statement, but judging from the results of the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey* it could be one that many can understand – if not, concur with. It came from Stephen Hudson, a dentist who left the NHS and author of ‘The Stressed Dentist’s Guide to Dental Law’.
I interviewed Stephen to find out his experience of practising dentistry and his thoughts on what the survey results suggest about the state of the profession today. You can access the full results here, but to give you an insights into what they reveal – NHS respondents to the survey reported feeling unhappy in relation to seven aspects of their work such as remuneration, work/life balance and job satisfaction, compared to private dentists who felt much happier in these areas.
All dentists, whether NHS or private, reported some level of anxiety around the risk of complaints and litigation – although the latter were much less anxious. The vast majority of NHS respondents said they don’t see themselves operating in the NHS within five years’ time, with almost a quarter of those planning to leave the profession entirely.
Within that context, it is perhaps unsurprising that a practising dentist like Stephen, who is also qualified in dental law and ethics, feels the way they do. Read the full interview with Stephen below…Read More