Access to dental care “must be a priority” – Derry Colr.

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Responding to “staggering findings” from a BBC survey into the number of dental practices not accepting new patients, she said:

“The findings of this investigation are worrying. Nearly 90% of practices in the North do not accept adults and children for dental care.

“Making sure people can see a dentist when they need it through the NHS must be the priority, not based on their ability to pay for private treatment.

Patricia Logue, Sinn Féin Councillor.

“Department of Health plans to develop a program to improve access to urgent and emergency dental care for unregistered patients must also progress, alongside an oral health strategy.

“We need a working executive now to provide a clear plan to recruit more dentists and dental nurses. The DUP should stop delaying this work and form a government now.

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90% of NHS dentists in Northern Ireland unable to take on new patients

BBC research found that nine out of ten NHS dental practices are unable to offer appointments to new adult patients.

The BDA has now urged the government to step up and implement urgent reform as the survey found that 246 out of 274 practices in the north were unable to take on new adult patients and 88% were not accepting new patients children.

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