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Brandon dental practice earmarked for closure

  • 29th March 2023

Bupa Dental Care has announced it will be closing its dental practice in Brandon after struggling to recruit dentists to deliver NHS care.

A list of 85 practices across the country that will be closed, or are under review to be sold or merged with other practices, was released today.

Bupa, which provides NHS and private dental care, said the practices will be closed, sold or merged later this year, bringing the total number of practices in the UK down to 365.

All the practices will remain open as usual in the meantime. The move will affect 1,200 employed and self-employed staff, representing more than a tenth of its 9,000-strong workforce.

Bupa said it would redeploy affected staff where possible to different areas of the business. The provider has not been able to recruit enough dentists to deliver NHS care in many practices for months and in some cases years, it said.

National shortages of dentists have been worsened by the NHS contract model, and because of an increased demand and complexity of care since the Covid pandemic, Bupa warned.

The industry has also been affected by inflation and higher energy prices, increasing the cost to run patient services.

Mark Allan, general manager for Bupa Dental Care, said: “As a leading dental provider in the UK, our priority must be to enable patients to receive the care they need. For the majority of affected practices, this decision will allow commissioners to procure local providers for the NHS contract, tailoring services and investment to the needs of the local community, thereby providing a better opportunity for patients to continue access to NHS dental services.”

Bupa said it would be handing back the dental contract to the NHS for practices that are set to close, meaning commissioners can find a new provider to continue treating patients in the area.

Mr Allan went continued: “We fully understand the impact today’s decision has on our patients and our people within these practices. This decision has not been taken lightly and closure is a last resort.

“Despite our continued efforts, the dental industry is facing a number of significant and systemic challenges that are placing additional pressure on providing patient care, in particular recruiting dentists to deliver NHS dental care.”

Practices earmarked for closure:

  • Bupa Dental Care Pontefract
  • Bupa Dental Care Rochdale
  • Bupa Dental Care York
  • Bupa Dental Care Bolsover
  • Bupa Dental Care Shildon
  • Bupa Dental Care Sunderland
  • Bupa Dental Care Harleston
  • Bupa Dental Care Gloucester
  • Bupa Dental Care Ripon
  • Bupa Dental Care Cleveleys
  • Bupa Dental Care Skegness
  • Bupa Dental Care Oakley Vale
  • Bupa Dental Care Waterlooville
  • Bupa Dental Care Barrow in Furness
  • Bupa Dental Care Bishop Auckland – Market Place
  • Bupa Dental Care Brandon
  • Bupa Dental Care Eye
  • Bupa Dental Care Stockton
  • Bupa Dental Care Sturry
  • Bupa Dental Care Bristol – St Pauls
  • Bupa Dental Care Wolverhampton
  • Bupa Dental Care Poole
  • Bupa Dental Care Folkestone
  • Bupa Dental Care Tewkesbury
  • Connaught Village Dentistry
  • Bupa Dental Care Leckhampton
  • Bupa Dental Care Thames Ditton
  • Manchester Cheadle Dental and Implant Clinic
  • White Dental
  • Bupa Dental Care Manchester Square
  • Total Orthodontics Wokingham
  • Total Orthodontics Marlow
  • Total Orthodontics Camberley
  • Bupa Dental Care Blackpool Station Road
  • Bupa Dental Care Leslie
  • Total Orthodontics Downpatrick
  • Bupa Dental Care Omagh Campsie Road

Practices under review:

  • Bupa Dental Care Addlestone
  • Bupa Dental Care Ashton-in-Makerfield
  • Bupa Dental Care Boston
  • Bupa Dental Care Brampton
  • Bupa Dental Care Burton on Trent
  • Bupa Dental Care Cove Bay
  • Bupa Dental Care Crewkerne
  • Bupa Dental Care Denbigh
  • Bupa Dental Care Egremont
  • Bupa Dental Care Erdington
  • Bupa Dental Care Evington
  • Bupa Dental Care Hereford
  • Bupa Dental Care Hucknall
  • Bupa Dental Care Kendal
  • Bupa Dental Care Keswick
  • Bupa Dental Care Kingseat
  • Bupa Dental Care Liskeard
  • Bupa Dental Care Lydney
  • Bupa Dental Care Marden
  • Bupa Dental Care Maryport
  • Bupa Dental Care Netherfield
  • Bupa Dental Care Newport Shropshire
  • Bupa Dental Care North Lakeland
  • Bupa Dental Care North Walsham
  • Bupa Dental Care Penge
  • Bupa Dental Care Penrhyn
  • Bupa Dental Care Plymouth
  • Bupa Dental Care Preston
  • Bupa Dental Care Redditch
  • Bupa Dental Care Rhyl
  • Bupa Dental Care Rise Park
  • Bupa Dental Care Rustington
  • Bupa Dental Care Ryde
  • Bupa Dental Care Seaford
  • Bupa Dental Care Sleaford
  • Bupa Dental Care Stroud
  • Bupa Dental Care Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Bupa Dental Care Wellingborough
  • Bupa Dental Care Woolston
  • Bupa Dental Care Worcester City
  • Metamorphosis Orthodontics
  • Total Orthodontics Colwyn Bay

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