Anger Amongst Parents as School Dental Clinics Close

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Parents in South Australia have reacted angrily to the news that school dental clinics will close next year.

Parents say that the closure of school clinics will mean that they have to drive long distances for their children to receive preventative and routine dental treatment and many are worried that children will suffer.

The SA Dental Service has announced that school clinics at primary schools in Hackham East, Morphett Vale East, Christies Beach, Reynella South and Aberfoyle Park will close and mobile services, which visit schools in Willunga, Aldinga and McLaren Vale, will also cease.

Currently, more than 12,000 children visit clinics in the area and from 2012, the nearest dentist will be at Noarlunga GP Plus Superclinic.

Palitja Moore, a parent from Willunga, said that the closure of the clinics will leave most parents with an hour round-trip to take their child to see a dentist, which will be particularly difficult for parents who work full-time and those who do not drive.


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