18/04/08 Ormskirk won’t be left without NHS dentists, says MP Ro
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the provision of four new NHS dentists for Ormskirk.
It comes after some local providers have opted to stop offering NHS care to patients.
However, after holding top-level talks with Central Lancs Primary Care Turst, the Labour MP has been assured that four new NHS dentists will be brought in for those who want to continue receiving state care. It is understood they will be based at Ormskirk Hospital.
Rosie said: "I've made it quite clear to the PCT’s acting chief executive, Nicky O’Connor, that there's no way I'm going to see local taxpayers being pushed into going private."
“I will not let that happen and that's why I’ve kept alive the campaign to get these four new dentists here as soon as possible. Ormskirk has been identified as one of the areas where the need is greatest so in terms of getting this sorted I’ve insisted we are we top of the list."
"I've also had firm assurances that there will be minimal disruption to dental services locally as a result of this and people will still be able to continue receiving the high quality care they always have had."
"Obviously, it is regrettable when independently-run practices choose not to deliver NHS services as it often leads to a lot of worry for people"
"But the bottom line is that NHS dental services will still be available to the people of West Lancashire.”