Sheffield news 'Solving chronic dental shortage along coast could lie beyond shores' MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - NHS patients on the coast have struggled to find dentists willing to take on patients and another surgery closure is due at the end of the month
Breaking News ! The solution to chronic shortages of NHS dental care on the Yorkshire Coast could lie beyond its shores, according to Scarborough and Whitby’s MP. Robert Goodwill MP has suggested dentists from outside the UK could be offered visas to take on NHS dentistry work in underserved areas such as Scarborough. Reporting by YorkshireLive has shown NHS dental patients across North Yorkshire are struggling to find practices to take them on, and Scarborough is no exception. The MyDentist practice in Eastfield wrote to patients in March informing them that they would close at the end of April, and many patients are still unable to find alternative NHS dentistry in the area. To get the latest email updates from North Yorkshire Live, click here . Mr Goodwill said that the NHS had plenty of money allocated for dental treatment in the area, but that there were simply too few dentists to take it.
. “There’s lots of work for them to do and if they are prepared to do NHS work I will certainly do everything I can to ensure they are allocated those units of dental activity that they can then use for local people. Enter your postcode to see local issues near you
“If we have dentists prepared to take NHS patients then there is the availability of these units of treatment that can be allocated to them. “So I very much hope that we can get new dentists coming in to take over this practice and what an amazing opportunity to come and immediately have your list full of people. It’s not as if the dentists haven’t got people who need their treatment.” Mr Goodwill said he hoped that a new dentist could be found to take over the Eastfield surgery.
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