While recognising there were a fifth more dental treatments in 2022 than in the previous year, access to dentists still remains an issue for many.
Jason raised this in the House of Commons with health ministers this week.
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Jason McCartney MP
Many of my constituents are still struggling to get NHS dental appointments, so what is happening right now—this week, this month—to increase the availability of NHS dental appointments for them?
Neil O’Brien MP
I know how intensely my hon. Friend is campaigning on this issue. The amount of NHS dentistry being delivered has gone up by a fifth over the last year, partly as a result of the reforms we are already rolling out.
He will have seen in the workforce plan that we are going to increase training places for dentists by 40% so that we have the NHS dentists we need. However, that is not all we will do, and our forthcoming dental plan will take further steps.