Politics

Senior councillors write to the prime minister to call for tobacco legislation

A senior group of councillors from across the political spectrum wrote to the prime minister on March 1, 2024, to urge him to publish the ‘Tobacco and Vapes Bill’ at the earliest opportunity.

CEO of London clinics calls for more support for NHS dentistry

The CEO of three of the largest dental clinics in London is calling for an overhaul of NHS dentistry, arguing that the recovery plans announced by the government do not go far enough.

College responds to the government's plans for NHS dentistry

The College of General Dentistry (CGdent) has published its response to the government’s Dental Recovery Plan.

Unpacking the government's recovery plan: A game changer or just talk?

The Oral Health Foundation has broken down the 23 key points of the government’s dental recovery plans. It considers if it's really going to make a big difference.

Patients are travelling to India for dental care, says Scottish minister

Willie Rennie, a Scottish Liberal Democrat, accused the SNP Government of “excruciating neglect” on...

NHS dental recovery plan: Millions more dental appointments to be offered

Published on February 7, 2024, by the NHS and the government, the NHS Dental Recovery Plan could see up to 2.5m additional appointments delivered to patients over the next 12 months. Up to 1.5m extra...

Ministers urge the GDC to ‘fill the gap’ in UK’s dental workforce

Thirty cross-party MPs and peers showed their support at an event in Parliament in February 2024, hosted by the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), to discuss how the UK can ‘fill the gap’ in its...

Ban on disposable vapes backed by dental association

The British Dental Association (BDA) has backed the government’s moves to ban disposable vapes, which have been widely criticised for being marketed to younger users.

Minister confirms Wales supports a disposable vapes ban and raising the smoking age

The Welsh Government will press ahead with plans to ban disposable vapes and support UK Government legislation to increase the smoking age and restrict sales of vapes, Lynne Neagle, deputy minister...

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NHS dental recovery plan: Millions more dental appointments to be offered

Published on February 7, 2024, by the NHS and the government, the NHS Dental Recovery Plan could see up to 2.5m additional appointments delivered to patients over the next 12 months. Up to 1.5m extra...

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Minister promises a recovery plan for dentistry will be 'published shortly'

Andrea Leadsom, under-secretary of state for health and social care, was pressed by MPs on January 23, 2024, about the progress of recovery plans for NHS dental services.

Association responds to minister pledge for NHS dentistry reforms

Following comments from Andrea Leadsom, secretary for health and social care, that a “big package of change” is coming for NHS dentistry, the British Dental Association (BDA) has warned there is still...

Newspaper launches campaign for changes to NHS dentistry

The British Dental Association (BDA) has greeted the Daily Mirror’s launch of a national campaign to save NHS dentistry.

Minister responds to practices stopping taking on new patients

Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, has said access to dentistry has hit a crisis point after finding no dental practices in Fife were taking on NHS patients. 

Over 100,000 child hospital admissions for rotting teeth since 2018

A Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request has found that there have been 218,005 admissions to hospital for rotting teeth, including more than 100,000 child admissions, since 2018.

The next generation should be chasing their dreams, not a dentist appointment, say politicians

The Labour Party has released details of a new plan to improve young people’s health. The measures include 700,000 extra urgent dental appointments, a supervised toothbrushing programme, vape...

Society demands an end to age-profiling asylum seekers with dental X-rays

The president of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD), Paula Waterhouse is calling for an end to the unethical practice of taking dental X-rays for asylum seekers in an attempt to verify...

Easington MP reveals his mother has resorted to DIY dentistry

Minister says his elderly “frail” mother has pulled her teeth out due to “desperation” and being unable to access NHS services.

Harlow MP responds to concerns over NHS dentistry

Robert Halfon, minister for Harlow and the Villages, has released a statement in response to concerns about access to NHS dentists following an Opposition Day debate in parliament on January 9, 2023.

MP presents petition to parliament to tackle NHS dental crisis

On January 9, 2024, Tim Farron, MP for Westmoreland, Furness and Eden, presented a petition to the House of Commons urging action on the lack of available NHS dental places in Cumbria and other rural...

Association asks for clarity on recovery plans

The British Dental Association (BDA) says it laments the lack of clarity from the government over plans to save NHS dentistry.

‘Frustrated, annoyed and stressed’: Patients in Swindon struggling to access dental care

Politician says it is “borderline impossible” to get an NHS dentist in Swindon. The comments follow the release of updated information concerning available services.

Wirral MP calls for improved dental care for all children

Margaret Greenwood MP is calling on the government to develop a comprehensive national children’s oral health strategy to reduce waiting times and focus on targeted preventive measures, early...

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