Call for Yeovil dental summit
The Yeovil Labour Party is calling for a “summit meeting” to discuss the lack of NHS dental provision in the constituency. The call comes from Terry Ledlie, Chair of Yeovil Constituency Labour Party. He is asking MP Marcus Fysh to join a summit with dental practices, the NHS and patient’s representatives to try to find a way forward.
Mr Ledlie says: “The background is that most dentists in our area still provide NHS care. However they have stopped taking on new patients. This mirrors the trend across the UK. NHS dentists in England saw 29.6 million patients in 2011/2012. This fell to 22.1 million in 2021/2022.”
He says that many people are facing soaring costs. They have to choose between going private and having to travel longer distances to see an NHS dentist. They also report that it is leading to many people simply dropping out of dental care.
Labour says their research suggests there are 15 dental surgeries in the constituency that still do some NHS work. Mr ledlie notes: “If even a couple of them could be persuaded to take on an extra member of staff to deliver NHS treatment, then the pressure in our area would be greatly reduced.”
Mr Ledlie has written to Marcus Fysh asking him to:
- make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Health, asking them to address this national problem
- join me in trying to bring together the key local stakeholders to seek a way to alleviate the problem here in Yeovil Constituency.