MP for Thirsk and Malton wins ministerial decision on dental care


THE GOVERNMENT must consider how it can improve dental services in North Yorkshire.

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake said he secured further action this week from MP Maria Caulfield, Minister for Patient Safety and Primary Care.

Mr Hollinrake recently raised the backlog of patients waiting to be seen by NHS dentists in Helmsley and Thirsk during a parliamentary debate on dental care.

An NHS dentist closed in Helmsley in September 2020 and has yet to be replaced.

The MP said on social media: “She has agreed to sue NHS commissioners in both regions over the delays in appointments and treatment that constituents are facing.

“As constituents know, I have been lobbying ministers for many months now, both privately and in Parliament, and this is another positive step.”

He added: “The (health) department is aware of the challenges within the constituency in relation to Covid and the risk this poses to staff and patients so will take this into account when reviewing the goals that have been set for NHS practices across England I look forward to hearing more news from the Minister that I can share.

York MP Rachaell Maskell has also lobbied the government over the state of dental services in the city.


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