MORE than half of Solihull residents have not been seen by an NHS dentist in the past two years.
Official figures, recently published by the Government, show that 56 per cent of locals haven’t seen an NHS dentist since 2007. The situation has been condemned by Maggie Throup, the Conservative prospective MP for Solihull.
She has called for reforms and fears that many patients may be forced to go private - or forego treatment altogether.
Ms Throup “Dentists are fed up with the flawed system that the Government has introduced. As a result, local residents have to travel miles to see an NHS dentist, or else pay to go private to receive the treatment they need.”
But Solihull NHS Care Trust are adamant that there are appointments available locally.
Marcus Woof, the care trust’s associate director of dentistry, said: “NHS dentistry has been available in Solihull since the new contract with dentists in 2006. The care trust works with local dentists to ensure they have NHS appointments available.
“There is this pervading perception, not just in Solihull but across the country, that it is impossible to see an NHS dentist but this is a kind of urban myth.”
Earlier this month a campaign was launched to publicise NHS dentists. Anyone wanting an appointment with an NHS dentist in Solihull should go to www.solihull.nhs.uk or call Freephone 0800 783 2894 for an up-to-date list of dentists accepting new NHS patients.
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