Paula raises alarm at lack of NHS Dentists

Screenshot_2015-07-08_09.49.05.jpg It is near enough impossible for new patients to get an appointment with an NHS Dentist in Dewsbury constituency, it has been revealed.

 During a health questions session in parliament on Tuesday, MP for Dewsbury, Paula Sherriff asked the Health Minister Alistair Burt:

 “A vast number of my constituents have advised that they are unable to obtain a dental appointment. Enquiries reveal that there is not a single NHS dentist in the Dewsbury constituency which is accepting new patients.”

“Will the Minister agree to meet with me as soon as possible to discuss how we can resolve this unacceptable situation?”

 The minister accepted Sherriff’s request.

 Sherriff later commented: “It isn’t acceptable that in this day and age so many people are struggling to get access to dental care. I am pleased the minister has agreed to meet with me and intend to push them for answers on how we move forward on this issue.”

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  • commented 2015-07-08 16:57:06 +0100
    I was interested to read this post. In my part of Scotland it is easy to find an NHS dentist. I think that this is because we never adopted the English system of dental remuneration which is really daft. Whoever came up with it created a raft of problems for English dental care. These problems have damaged patients and the dental profession.
    The solution might be just to revert back to the way it was before and is currently in place in Scotland.
    Any new solution will have to be properly piloted first, with no gross changes between pilot and roll-out.
    By the way, if our political leaders ever show a bit if backbone and enact primary legislation to fluoridate our water, this would improve the nations dental health more and more cost-effectively than any measure.