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Mylor Dental Practice closes, leaving thousands without NHS provision

By WBgdavies  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

Mylor Dental Practice has closed

Mylor Dental Practice has closed

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Mylor Dental Practice has closed with thousands of patients left without any NHS provision.

Honor Richardson, the contract holder for the practice on Passage Hill gave notice of her intention to cease treating patients as of last Friday.

A spokesman for the Cornwall and isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust (PCT) said normally three months' notice is provided, but it is understood the early closure has been forced by personal and financial issues. "The practice was under contract to treat up to 4,000 NHS patients although it was under achieving in the number of appointments it was offering," said the spokesman.

Mrs Richardson is informing patients by letter of the closure and asking them to register on the dental waiting list while additional provision is sought in the area.

The PCT is speaking to other NHS providers in the Falmouth and Truro areas to see if any are able to take on additional patients although there are already around 1,000 people waiting for places.

Bridget Sampson, who is heading up dental commissioning for the area team of PCT successor organisation the NHS Commissioning Board, said: "We are very sorry to be losing another dentist in an area where we already have many people waiting for places with an NHS dentist.

"The PCT has ensured adequate funding is available to increase capacity but some practices simply haven't been able to offer all of the NHS appointments funded under their contracts. This is something we are addressing.

"The NHS Commissioning Board Area Team will be providing more services in the Falmouth/Helston area in the form of at least one new dental practice."

Anyone who is seeking an NHS dentist should leave their details on 01726 627990 and anyone in the area who does not have an NHS dentist and who needs emergency dental treatment should contact the Emergency Helpline on 01872 354375.

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  • Tessbroad  |  March 29 2013, 9:50AM

    Further developments - Dr Kiely served court papers on Mrs Richardson this month and we now have her reply/ defence. Firstly as she has declared herself bankrupt in Truro CC I will be making contact with her receiver to ensure that this house that was sold is know to them and to ensure that all proceeds are traced. secondly she still hasn't paid Dr Kiely money given to her by the PCT for his services, her receiver will be kept fully up-to-date. I will additionally ensure that any employer, current or future is made aware of her dishonesty. She couldn't care less about the people of Mylor and walked away after the sale of her house. This was all pre-planned and the MP of Mylor will also be put in the picture as I fully believe she knew she was going bankrupt and has taken funds that should be used to pay her creditors.

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  • Tessbroad  |  March 29 2013, 9:50AM

    Further developments - Dr Kiely served court papers on Mrs Richardson this month and we now have her reply/ defence. Firstly as she has declared herself bankrupt in Truro CC I will be making contact with her receiver to ensure that this house that was sold is know to them and to ensure that all proceeds are traced. secondly she still hasn't paid Dr Kiely money given to her by the PCT for his services, her receiver will be kept fully up-to-date. I will additionally ensure that any employer, current or future is made aware of her dishonesty. She couldn't care less about the people of Mylor and walked away after the sale of her house. This was all pre-planned and the MP of Mylor will also be put in the picture as I fully believe she knew she was going bankrupt and has taken funds that should be used to pay her creditors.

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  • Tessbroad  |  March 29 2013, 9:50AM

    Further developments - Dr Kiely served court papers on Mrs Richardson this month and we now have her reply/ defence. Firstly as she has declared herself bankrupt in Truro CC I will be making contact with her receiver to ensure that this house that was sold is know to them and to ensure that all proceeds are traced. secondly she still hasn't paid Dr Kiely money given to her by the PCT for his services, her receiver will be kept fully up-to-date. I will additionally ensure that any employer, current or future is made aware of her dishonesty. She couldn't care less about the people of Mylor and walked away after the sale of her house. This was all pre-planned and the MP of Mylor will also be put in the picture as I fully believe she knew she was going bankrupt and has taken funds that should be used to pay her creditors.

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  • Tessbroad  |  February 15 2013, 10:54AM

    One other thing I forgot to mention is that this woman sold a huge house in Mylor just after Christmas to move away and live up in the North of England so why did she have financial issues?

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  • WBgdavies  |  February 14 2013, 11:46AM

    Tessbroad I would love to speak to you more about this - can you get in touch with me on 01326 375672 please.

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  • Tessbroad  |  February 13 2013, 12:32PM

    My husband was a locum dentist there from November 2012 to early January 2013 and there were no complaints. Honor Richardson is refusing to pay him despite being paid by the PCT. The PCT have confirmed that they have paid her this money! Her nurses walked out as they witnessed Mrs Richardson swearing in front of patients when one of her nurses said that she was entitled to her maternity pay. All the nurses at this practice were excellent and I hope that they find jobs in Cornwall.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  February 12 2013, 5:07PM

    Mid way through the 1980s NHS charges were introduced for dental work. This acted as a deterrent to people visiting the dentist (where they can also spot other signs of serious ill health), cut check ups to annually, put a big burden of cost on people (who after all have never seen a cut in their NI contributions) and effectively made competition for NHS dentists meaning that waiting lists or not having a dentist became a reality. Some dentists are good and value 'NHS' patients, others see them as a burden to be processed as quickly as possible. One such (not this one) took literally one minute to examine the teeth of my young child because there was no profit in it; despite issues being found with his teeth at subsequent appointment with a new dentist (my existing one who squeezed him in) thereafter. Right wing politicians of all parties who muck about with GP contracts and do experiments on the NHS as a political football should be aware (as we all should) that the farce of NHS dentistry could hit primary GP care at some point.

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  • 1898Omdurman  |  February 12 2013, 3:44PM

    It never was any good..... so good riddance!

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