A dentist was physically assaulted while working in his dental practice, it has been revealed.
Deputy chief dental officer (CDO), Jason Wong spoke out about the attack, which took place at the beginning of the week.
He said he wants colleagues, friends and patients to be in practice ‘without fear for our safety’.
Abuse not tolerated
Minister Jo Churchill, who is responsible for dentistry, also voiced her concerns.
She said: ‘This is completely unacceptable. No one goes to work to be assaulted. Abuse of any sort against dentists, their teams or other patient-facing professions is completely wrong and will not be tolerated.’
Additionally, a spokesperson for Humberside Police confirmed reports of an attack at a dental practice in Hull on Monday 1 February.
‘The investigation is in its early stages but it has been reported that a member of staff was assaulted,’ they said.
Jason Wong also discussed the debate surrounding urgent and routine care in the current climate.
‘One question that I have been asked repeatedly is whether we should currently be restricting our practices to urgent care only,’ he said.
‘My answer to colleagues has been a consistent no. There is a need to prioritise urgent care in line with the other settings of the NHS. But we have been asked to maximise capacity for carrying out essential care for our patients.
‘Where we are able to, we owe it to our patients to address the backlog of urgent and essential care that has built up since March 2020.’
He also emphasised the importance of recording COVID-19 test results – even if they are negative or inconclusive.
He added: ‘The Looking After You Too service is now up and running. This is a space for you to offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing. And be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this.’
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