Fear of dentists and worries about the cost of dental care combine to delay trips to sort out dental problems but regular dental check-ups can help to prevent a series of health problems including heart disease, pneumonia and diabetes, according to the British Dental Association.
Patients will have the right to prevent GPs from handing over their records to an NHS database hosting details of family medical histories, alcohol consumption, waist sizes and other confidential patient information, said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Plans to offer everybody in the UK access to their own online medical records will open a “Pandora’s Box,” unless “proper safeguards” are put in place to protect patient confidentiality, says Dr Stephanie Bown (pictured) Director of Policy and Communications at MPS.
Patients and local people must be more than critical friends and co-planners, “they must also become an intrinsic part of our system for creating better health and care,” said Dr Michael Dixon, Chairman, NHS Alliance.
A nationwide survey amongst GPs looking at how patients book appointments found that over three quarters of respondents believe that their automated telephone appointment booking system is accessible to all patients.