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Dentists in Kent preparing for no-deal Brexit

By KentOnline reporter

by Emma Woodhouse

Dentists in Kent are preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

Dr Alfred Kolozsvari was sent letters from the government in late December detailing contingency plans for a no-deal scenario.

The dentist, who works at The High Street Dental Practice in Gillingham, was told he only had until the end of January to complete his plans.

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Letters have been sent to dental practices advising them to prepare for a no-deal Brexit
Letters have been sent to dental practices advising them to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

According to the information sent out from the Department of Health, healthcare providers need to take various steps including risk assessments to prepare for when the UK leaves the EU in just three months.

Dr Kolozsvari told KMTV the practice already had a healthcare plan in preparation for Brexit, but they had to adjust the risk assessment to meet the government’s guidelines.

The main problem that dentistry in Kent will face after Brexit is the recruitment of staff.

Dr Kolozsvari said: "Any UK citizen or EU citizen who has gained their qualification in the European Union, will be subject to further arrangements if they want to register to practice in the UK… after March 2019.

"We don’t know what this means at this point in time and how long it will take for the advice to be processed by the Journal Dental Council in order for us to be able to recruit staff."

The dentist added he was glad he received the documents from the government so he can prepare his patients for the changes Brexit will bring to the practice.

He also said the industry was prepared for a no-deal Brexit, adding: "If there is no deal reached by the 29th of March the dentistry industry will not be affected in a major way because we are prepared already to offer the care needed to the patients."

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