An army of dentists is being redeployed to join the front-line fight against Covid-19 after non-urgent dentistry was suspended amid the virus pandemic.

The Chief Dental Office for England said they would be asked to help at hospitals being built to boost critical care and other parts of the NHS.

And this year’s contracts were being redrawn so dentists refusing to be redeployed would lose their NHS pay.

But the British Dental Association said it should be on a voluntary basis only.

And it called for protections for any staff at higher risk.

Mick Armstrong, who chairs the BDA, added: “The profession stands ready and willing to support the national effort to fight this pandemic with any workable emergency plan.”

The letter, from Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley, said the NHS

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