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Dental charges hike across Mid Devon is "unjust and unfair"
12:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Devon
A NUMBER of elderly people say they will stop visiting the dentist after a practice increased some of its charges by almost 30%.
Integrated Dental Holdings, which has taken over Associated Dental Practice operations in Tiverton, Crediton and Wellington, says it has increased prices due to higher running costs.
A patient who asked not to be named said he had to pay £45 for treatment from a hygienist at IDH in High Street, Wellington, compared to the old price of £35.
He added: “It’s caused uproar – people say the charges are unjust and unfair.
“Many people are unable to afford the new charges, especially the hygiene charges.
“Apparently, many elderly patients have complained and say they won’t be able to continue having vital hygiene.”
As well as the Wellington practice, other ADP practices acquired by IDH include one in St Peter Street, Tiverton, and one in High Street, Crediton.
IDH puts the increased charges down to costs for heating, lighting, nursing and reception staff, materials and equipment.
Customer care manager Mike Mckessy said: “We have regretfully had to increase the hygienist fees at our practices due to the rising costs of running a dental practice.
“Like everyone, whether in business or at home, costs have risen and not just heating and lighting our premises.
“We have kept our costs down for as long as possible but, reluctantly, to maintain the high standard of our hygiene service, we have had to make an increase.”
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