West Lancashire MP and Commons Health Select Committee member Rosie Cooper has today welcomed the much needed £50m funding for NHS dentistry but urged the Government that funding commitments need to be recurrent to truly make a difference.  

The £50m was announced by the Department for Health and Social Care in late January to urgently give people more access to high quality dental care. Due to the restrictions placed on dental care throughout the pandemic, only urgent and essential dental treatment was carried out, and many dentists warned that offering NHS treatment was becoming a financially unviable option for them.   

Since COVID restrictions were put in place, MP Rosie has repeatedly made her concerns about the NHS’s dentistry crisis clear, urging the government to take steps to support NHS dentists on the floor of the House and to the NHS Chief Dental Officer at a Health Select Committee meeting.  

After the Department of Health replied to a written parliamentary question Rosie asked, confirming this will be a one-off lump sum, the West Lancashire MP has warned the Government that this problem cannot be simply blamed on COVID restrictions and that to save NHS dentistry, a more permanent solution and recurrent funding are needed.  

Rosie Cooper MP commented: 
“Whilst I am glad to hear that NHS Dentistry will be getting £50m, £7m of which will be for the North West, one off grant won’t fix this problem long term. People have been complaining of long waiting times for NHS dentistry for years and now the pandemic has turned this problem into a full-scale crisis!  

“Even back in 2009, the NHS’s dentists in Ormskirk all intended to turn private! I had to fight with our local commissioners to fund an NHS contract for a dental surgery to operate out of Ormskirk hospital. Since then, we have sadly seen the continuous reduction to the availability of NHS dentists in West Lancashire and across the country.  

“We cannot allow NHS dentistry to disappear leaving everyone having to pay the much higher rate for private treatment. More must be done to prevent NHS dental practices turning to private treatment.  

“The NHS and the Government should not simply blame this problem on Covid, we need to speed up the dentistry reform that has been promised to ensure that everyone that wants to, can access NHS dentistry without having to wait months, if not years!” 

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