East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has welcomed the new Department for Health Dental Recovery Plan which aims to make sure everyone who needs to see a dentist will soon be able to do so, making access to NHS dental care faster and geographically more comprehensive.
The plan will see over 2.5 million additional NHS treatments delivered for patients over the next 12 months, alongside targeted measures to improve the nation’s oral health including expanding preventative care for younger children to help reduce tooth decay.
Dentists will be offered a bonus to take on more NHS patients, which will create more than 1.5 million new treatments and will address the shortage of NHS dentists. In some areas, like parts of the East Riding, NHS dentists will be offered a ‘golden hello’ cash incentive to come and work in locations that are currently under-served.
Sir Greg, who has met with Health Ministers a number of times about the urgent need to provide greater NHS dentist provision in the East Riding said: “This announcement will provide around 1 million new patients access to NHS dental treatment, including many in the East Riding who previously have been unable to access the dental care that they need”.
“People will soon be able to see which practices in their area are accepting new patients via the NHS website and, from later this year, up to 240 dentists will be offered £20,000 to stay and deliver NHS care for at least three years in areas where recruitment and retention of dentists is difficult”.
Greg adds: “For areas with no local dentist practice, a new NHS mobile dental service will be available for communities in under-served areas, with the first units up and running later this year”.
“I welcome this announcement which is good news particularly for rural and coastal areas and we now need to ensure that there is a speedy and effective roll-out of these proposals”.