NHS dentistry continues to struggle in North Wales

    NHS dentistry continues to struggle in North Wales

    Action is needed to tackle the NHS dental crisis in North Wales following alarming results from a recent survey.

    A recent survey of more than 2,000 people carried out on behalf of the Liberal Democrats found that 22 per cent of Welsh people had not been able to get an NHS dental appointment in the past year.

    The lack of appointments led to the fact that many became dentists with their own hands.

    With long waiting lists and a regarding the decrease in the number of dentists in the regionthere have been many calls for the Welsh Government to make changes.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds MS said: “It’s now or never to save our NHS from a winter crisis that will put patients at risk. This staggering rise in do-it-yourself dentistry is further evidence that this government simply does not care about our vital local health services. It is a national scandal that people are having to pull their own teeth because our health service is underfunded.”

    Sam Rowlands, MS North Wales, has again called on the Welsh Government to do more to improve dental services in North Wales.

    He said: “I make no apologies for continuing to raise this issue as I still receive emails from constituents contacting me about their difficulties accessing NHS dentists in my area.

    “Years of chronic underfunding and lack of planning have led to this problem, with people having to pay thousands to go private or take extreme measures themselves.

    “It is time for the Welsh Government to adopt urgent access to improve access to dentistry in North Wales.”

    Dental issues are also a concern in Wrexham and Flintshire, with local MPs voicing their concerns over the issue.

    Delaney MP Rob Roberts admitted the lack of dentists in the region was a concern for his constituents.

    The Welsh Government said those needing emergency dental care should call 111 and only see a qualified dentist.

    The spokesman added: “We are working to reform the system and work with dentists to improve access, experience and quality of dental care. With an individualized care plan, dentists will be able to extend the recall interval compared to the traditional 6-month visit, creating additional options for patients who require urgent care.

    “New patients may have to wait a little longer for routine dental care as dentists work to catch up with the pandemic and implement dental reform.”

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