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Dentists' computer bonus out of care trust surplus

NEW computers worth around £7,500 have been issued to NHS dentists across the borough by Solihull NHS Care Trust amid stinging criticisms of money-wasting.

NEW computers worth around £7,500 have been issued to NHS dentists across the borough by Solihull NHS Care Trust amid stinging criticisms of money-wasting.

The machines are thought to have been given in March and April this year at the end of the previous financial year because of a surplus of funds.

Solihull NHS Care Trust, which has its headquarters based in Union Road, provides health and social care services for people across Solihull including GP services and NHS dentistry.

It also gives help to carers and provides home, day and residential care along with health promotion advice.

An insider, who did not wish to be named, said: "I think it is a waste of money when people are finding it hard to get an NHS dentist. The trust did not even check if practices had computers already.

"They were just told to buy a computer, get a receipt and we will reimburse you. The money could have been spent on something else much more worthwhile."

Solihull NHS Care Trust confirmed that 13 NHS dental practices across the borough took up the opportunity for funding towards a new computer and internet connection at a total cost of £7,570.74 earlier this year and say that all 27 dental practices now have IT systems in place.

Ben Parfitt, commissioning manager at Solihull NHS Care Trust, said: "Access to NHS dentistry has been consistently identified as a key priority by local residents.

"This investment has enabled us to raise quality standards within our local dental practices and ensure that we have a rapid, secure and cost effective communications network in place."

Rob Tobin, a local dentist and chair of the local dental committee, said: "The care trust meets regularly with local dentists and this issue was jointly identified as a local need.

"Local dentists welcome help from the care trust around capital investment as this will ensure that our patients get high quality NHS treatment."

 

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