In a debate in Parliament, Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has pressed Government Ministers to take urgent and drastic action to avert an unfolding crisis in NHS Dentistry in the district of Bradford.
“ A BBC investigation last week revealed that of 2,500 dental practices listed on the NHS Choices website, half were not willing to accept new adult NHS patients. More disturbingly, two fifths were unwilling to take children as NHS patients.”
Access to NHS Dentistry in Bradford is much worse. Of the 58 dental practices the BBC contacted during their investigation only 1 in 20 practices were accepting new adult patients, and only 1 in 8 practices were accepting new child patients.
Commenting on these shocking figures, Judith said:
“Millions each and every year are being left without access to an NHS dentist. The human cost of this crisis is huge. Families, parents, young children, are suffering horrific, life-long and extreme damage to their teeth and their oral health. Stories of people resorting to pulling out their own teeth are increasingly commonplace. Images of young children, toddlers, with mouths full of rotten teeth is less and less of a rarity.”
During her speech, Judith shared the details of a recent Freedom of Information’ request to Bradford Teaching Hospitals. In their response, the Hospital Trust revealed that in the short period from April to December 2016, 190 children were admitted to hospital to undergo a tooth extraction under general anaesthesia.
To watch the debate and Judith’s contribution please click here.