LETTER: Credit where credit is due

Whenever the subject of providing dental services appears in the press, it is usually a ‘horror’ story, or a negative report of people’s shocking experiences.

However, the people of East Sussex can be assured that the dental care they receive from our dentists and their teams achieved all the essential standards and outcomes required by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and that they will continue match these high standards.

It is rewarding to be able to report from the annual report of the CQC, the registration and inspection body for all health and social care services in England, that dental services in England lead all other services in safety, quality, and standards.

To quote: “We carried out 714 inspections of primary dental care services in 2014/15. Over several years, we have found that, compared with other sectors, dental services present a lower risk to patients’ safety.

“Our stakeholders also agree that the majority of dental services are safe and that the quality of care is good.”

The CQC also commented,

“... we found fewer concerns compared with other providers of services ...” “... compared with the other sectors we regulate, dental services present a lower risk to patients’ safety ...” “... the majority of dental services are safe ...” “... the quality of dental care is good”.

Credit where credit is due, praise where praise is due.

James Aukett

South Way, Seaford

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