Since writing the original story, some disturbing but important developments have been uncovered. Julian Bray for the PBROTRIB, armed with a clutch of letters sent out by the Partnership, knocked on the closed and locked door of the Stanground Dental Clinic on Wednesday afternoon.
We have agreed to protect the identity of the person who reluctantly agreed to talk to us, as clearly the individual afraid of repercussions and was visually shaking during our interview. The stark fact is The My Dentist Stanground clinic cannot find dentists willing to work in Stanground. Simply few dentists want to work at Stanground, as the unnamed employee explained:
"The majority of the patients we see here are so rude to the staff, only a few are polite and reasonable. I feel very sorry for those patients, as they, through no fault of their own are left without a professional NHS dental service.
"We have covered the glass door panel with paper, as we have had a few people banging on the door and shouting. They are clearly very angry, and for this reason we cannot get dentists to work here on a regular basis.
"I don't know why these people are angry but that is the situation. It will quickly get much worse, as several new very high density housing developments in South Stanground and Park Farm are opening, but these new residents, sadly won't find NHS dentists willing to work in this area.
"I'm not certain if we will remain here, or if I will continue to have a job in a few weeks. So if you know any dentists willing to work in Stanground, then please ask them to get in touch and quickly.
"We didn't send out the letters, it was the partnership in Manchester who own this and several other dental clinics in Peterborough. They simply cannot get dentists to work here and for that reason we cannot honour the appointments made.
"I cannot comment on the continuing fees paid to the partnership by the NHS on behalf of NHS patients registered at this clinic, but clearly as the letter suggests, patients are being steered towards registering at our other clinics, or face being put on a waiting list for an appointment at some distant future date, I am dreadfully sorry but as you can see there is nothing I can do. The community has to deal with this cultural issue, clearly this has not been a happy place for dentists and staff alike. All very sad as a great deal of investment was made by the owners when they took on this clinic."
Our original story:
Before you cast your vote for the local authority elections in May and return the existing moribund coterie of Stanground conservative councillors 'jobs and allowances for life' brigade, you might like to seriously look more carefully at the Conservatives somewhat shabby self-serving record for South Stanground, Cardea, Park Farm and Fletton.
New high density housing estates springing up and the long established NHS Dental patients at the Stanground Dental Clinic, Peterborough Road, Stanground, having their appointments repeatedly cancelled, some patients being shown the door and told register elsewhere; helpfully included in the cancellation letter is a list of practices 'of those who are taking on patients'
The letter just states 'due to the current circumstances,' but fails to expand on this. However the NHS revenues continue to be banked by the Manchester partnership we can assume?
The noise from the existing South Stanground councillors has been deafening! Not a whimper, although one of the bunch a former loft installer ( but for some reason, this is missing from his official CV) and electrician is amazingly the current chair of planning!
Consider the sorry state of this Stanground Dental Clinic, now owned by the Manchester based partnership of two partners namely Stephen Williams and Clifford Davies trading as 1A Group Dental Practice Partnership, they also control dental practices in St Ives- two in fact, Huntingdon, Millfield, Peterborough, two in Lincoln Road, JK Dental in Werrington (children only)
They are currently sending out 1,000's of undated letters REF:CO1A and a second version Ref: CO3A telling long established dental patients that their mainly NHS dental appointments are again deferred or cancelled.
Regular readers of this blog will cast their minds back to a time (November 2011) a few years ago when we fought tooth and nail to keep the dental clinic as the next door co-op funeral parlour, and the Stanground Surgery both had eyes on the building and car park to facilitate their expansion plans. It was a long, loud and sometimes bloody fight, we suddenly had conservative councillors actually stung in to doing something. Clearly it didn't last that long and the Stanground Dentist was sold on.
Bear in mind that although dental appointments are being cancelled the Manchester based partnership still reaps considerable revenues from your NHS. Clearly if they can offload their NHS patients, then more private dental work can be taken on with the enhanced profits being remitted back to the Manchester based partnership. Cushty!
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