Yesterday I told the House of Commons that if people can’t access the NHS England dental care services and treatment they need, when they need it, then we have a National Health Service in name only. Dental care is health care.
Dental care is health care. Yet the state of NHS England’s dental services means that many people in Norwich South now face insumountable barriers to getting the timely care they need.
I spoke in a debate in Parliament today about this scandal, which sees people in Norwich South and across the country facing severe delays to treatment, no treatment at all, or treatment so expensive they can not afford it. This is the very human cost of chronic and long-term underfunding of NHS England services.
The Government must not continue to treat dentistry and oral health care as an after thought, or a service that can be quietly privatised.
Oral and dental care is part and parcel of preventative health care, which is a building block in a society that values wellbeing. Oral and dental care must be fully provided for by the NHS.