This week Judith continued her long-running battle with Government for much-needed and long-overdue additional funding for Bradford’s NHS dental service. Judith pressed Government during a House of Commons’ debate called to discuss the irreparable damage being done to the country’s children and young people due to the underfunding of NHS dental services.
Judith pressed the need for urgent and drastic action by highlighting shocking figures revealed through a recent Freedom of Information request to local Bradford hospitals. These figures reveal that in the short period from April to December 2016, 190 children from Bradford were admitted to hospital to undergo multiple tooth extraction under general anaesthesia.
Judith highlighted the huge cost to the country’s creaking NHS saying “What is also true is the financial cost to the NHS is staggering. At a time of huge pressures in our NHS, this Government is wasting a forecast £50 million each year on tooth extractions for our children and young people. The average cost of a tooth extraction is £834.”
Judith went on to say “In the last year alone almost 40,000 children were admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions, under general anaesthetic, due to chronic tooth decay – an almost entirely preventable condition.”
See Judith’s contribution to this important debate here.