A smile can be a frightening thing.
UK’s Chief Dentist Describes Homeless Patients As ‘No Hopers’ In Message To MP.
Mick Armstrong, chair of the British Dental Association, faces calls from Stella Creasy MP, right, for an investigation into his comments about homeless patients.
The UK’s chief dentist faces calls for an investigation after describing homeless patients as “difficult… no hopers” whose treatment leads practices to miss strict NHS targets.
Mick Armstrong, the chair of the British Dental Association (BDA), made the remarks in an erroneous email reply to Labour MP Stella Creasy, who contacted him over issues in her constituency.
In the email, seen by HuffPost UK, Armstrong describes Creasy as being “wrong” about a legal requirement for dentists to accept patients regardless of their housing status.
He goes on to write of those without a fixed address: “These are difficult patients who rarely complete a course of treatment.”
“If we took in all the no hopers who ring us…I suspect we’d miss our targets by a country mile,” he added.
It appears from the exchange seen by HuffPost that Armstrong copied the Walthamstow MP into his reply by mistake.
Makes you think that setting targets for some sectors is the wrong way to go. (Also makes you wonder what happened to the "milk of human kindness").
Imagine chronic tooth ache and no body was prepared to help.
Will budget cuts and targets eventually lead to you dialing 999 (111) and no one answering.
In my opinion its time to stop party politics; put up the tax rate and sort out the essential services this country was famous for. Essential services shouldn't depend on how rich you are or where you live.
OK on the other hand everyone needs to contribute to our society.
OK rant over.
Candid street shot, Wellington Somerset, UK.