Archive for the ‘Dental Access’ Category

Cornwall MP suggests dentist shortage is to blame for access problems

Cornwall MP suggests dentist shortage is to blame for access problems

The MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, has suggested that a lack of funding is not the main cause of access issues across the South West. Instead, the Conservative MP believes that a shortage of dentists is contributing to long waiting times in Cornwall. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Double outlined […]


Plymouth council leader appeals for urgent government help to solve dental access crisis

Plymouth council leader appeals for urgent government help to solve dental access crisis

The leader of Plymouth City Council has called on the government to act urgently to solve a deepening dental crisis. Tudor Evans described the current situation as “shameful” and said that immediate action was required to prevent patients from resorting to extreme measures to deal with dental pain. Thousands of people are unable to see […]


Council report highlights dental access shortfall in Calderdale

Council report highlights dental access shortfall in Calderdale

Councillors in Calderdale have compiled a report highlighting a shortage of NHS dental places.  Posing as an NHS dental patient looking for a place in the region, councillors found that only one practice was accepting new adult patients. Two local councillors took part in the ‘mystery shopping’ exercise before Christmas. They discovered that out of […]


New survey reveals 36% of employees avoid the dentist due to cost

New survey reveals 36% of employees avoid the dentist due to cost

A new survey has revealed that 36% of employees avoid going to the dentist as a result of worries about the cost of treatment.  The poll, which was carried out by Unum Dental, revealed that cost was the most commonly cited barrier for employees. Almost a quarter of those surveyed (24%) admitted that the main […]


Plymouth councillor raises concerns over NHS dental access, as patients talk of pulling their own teeth out

Plymouth councillor raises concerns over NHS dental access, as patients talk of pulling their own teeth out

A Plymouth councillor has raised concerns over access to NHS dental care after hearing from patients who resorted to pulling their own teeth out and using alcohol to try and numb tooth pain.  Labour councillor for St Peter and the Waterfront, Sue McDonald, said that she had been contacted by anxious patients who had adopted […]


NHS England to offer extra cash for dentists in Portsmouth amid struggle to fill vacancies

NHS England to offer extra cash for dentists in Portsmouth amid struggle to fill vacancies

NHS England is willing to offer extra cash for dentists who are prepared to move to Portsmouth amid ongoing struggles to fill vacancies. Dental access has been a cause for concern in the city after Colosseum Dental pulled the plug on its NHS contracts last year. The firm closed three surgeries unexpectedly, leaving thousands of […]


NHS England provides reassurance over Devon dental ‘crisis’

NHS England provides reassurance over Devon dental ‘crisis’

NHS England has provided assurance over a dental ‘crisis’ in Devon. Thousands of people are currently on a waiting list in the South West, with Devon and Cornwall the worst-affected counties in the UK in terms of NHS access problems. Despite growing waiting lists, representatives from NHS England have stated that access rates are above […]


New figures reveal 99% of people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are now registered with a dentist

New figures reveal 99% of people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are now registered with a dentist

New figures have revealed that 99% of people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are now registered with a dentist.  The statistics from the Information Services Department show a dramatic improvement in uptake and registration rates across the region. Although rates were relatively low at 52.5% for children under 2, figures were significantly higher for all […]


Dental registrations soar in Moray

Dental registrations soar in Moray

New figures have revealed a dramatic rise in dental registrations in Moray. Statistics released by the NHS show that more than 42,000 adults have joined registers since 2007. The number of children registered with a dentist has also increased by 68.7% in the last 12 years.  In 2007, just 14,754 adults and 10,051 children in […]


Plymouth patients face a lengthy wait to see a dentist

Plymouth patients face a lengthy wait to see a dentist

Dental patients are facing lengthy waits in Plymouth, new figures have revealed. Statistics released for electoral wards within the city show that waiting times are increasing in many parts, with over 14,000 people currently on a waiting list. A new map, which shows the number of people on a waiting list per 10,000 residents, highlights […]