If fully implemented, dentistry will become more costly and patients will have to pay more for treatment. Some dentists may well close down as the new regulations are too onerous.
HTM 01 -05 is a new range of cross-infection control regulations which have been imposed on the dental profession. There is little evidence to support its introduction. The net result is that dental practices will have to spend about £40, 000 to implement the new regulations. Patients will inevitably have to pay increased dental charges, and there is already evidence that some practices are simply closing.
Dentistry is a safe profession which is already well regulated. Scrap HTM 01-05 and let us get on with our job of looking after patients.