Having secured a commitment from health service commissioners for new NHS dentistry places, Paula Sherriff MP has welcomed the news for residents who are anxious to secure an NHS dentist in Dewsbury.
After meeting with NHS England, who are responsible for commissioning dental services, Paula Sherriff MP has praised their confirmation that 6 existing practices across her Dewsbury constituency will be taking on a limited number of new NHS patients. The project will run across the next 3 years, with the first wave seeing an investment of £249,850 and 1,765 new places as follows;
From 1 July 2018
- Thornhill Dental Surgery Ltd, 4 Edge Lane, Dewsbury
- Church Street Dental Partnership, Baker & Rigby Dental Surgeons, 10 Church Street, Dewsbury
- Wood Dental Ltd, Dental Surgery, 98 Huddersfield Road, Mirfield
- Mr M Bala, Osborne And O’Boyle, 147 Wakefield Road, Huddersfield
- MR KT Crummey, Empire House Dental Surgery, Unit 10 Empire House, Dewsbury
From 1 August 2018
- Mr NV O’Donovan, Dewsbury Dental Centre, 15 Halifax Road, Dewsbury
An additional 1,965 places will be made available in the second and third years of the project with a further investment of £278,033.69.
Fighting for improved access
A longstanding campaigner for improved access to NHS dentistry, Miss Sherriff has welcomed the news, whilst highlighting the scale of the problem and need for greater action from the government to stem the growth of hospital extractions and inequalities in oral health;
‘For too long, NHS dentistry in our area has been in a state of perpetual decay. Since I was elected in 2015, I’ve been fighting to prioritise this issue for those constituents who have told me it’s impossible to access an NHS dentist in our area.
‘Dewsbury has recently benefited from the services of the charity Dentaid, and their mobile dental unit, but this is one off provision for those in the greatest need. We simply shouldn’t have to look to a charity that usually operates in developing countries, to provide essential dental care.
‘From my discussions with NHS England, it is clear that commissioners are doing what they can. But most practices will have long waiting lists, and whilst it’s great that many who are waiting will now receive places, this project alone will not address the woeful lack of NHS dental provision in our area.
‘The time has come for the government to come up with a coherent strategy for oral health that focuses on prevention, addresses regional inequalities and invests in NHS dentistry to secure long- term improvements to access. Rest assured I’ll keep pressing ministers to act.’