WHY should anyone be surprised if dentists raise an additional charge to cover the costs of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Of course these additional charges only apply if you are a private patient. If, like me, you have faith in a NHS dentist, then no additional charge is raised.

Its no use Mrs Scurfield complaining and expecting a “financial cap” to be imposed. By whom? This is the deregulated private sector and they can charge what they like.

The alternative is in her own hands. Register with a NHS dentist.

Bob Towner,

Hobgate, York