Politics

New dentists required to deliver NHS care under government plans

Newly qualified dentists could be required to deliver NHS care for several years after they graduate under a government consultation launched on May 23, 2024.

Northern Ireland takes steps towards a smoke-free generation

Robin Swann, the health minister for Northern Ireland, has welcomed the passing of a motion to include Northern Ireland in the UK Tobacco and Vapes Bill.

‘Dentistry is not fixed yet’, MP says

John Penrose, minister for Weston-super-mare, has asked the prime minister when more NHS dental appointments would be available for patients.

Access to dentistry ‘remains a challenge’ in Lincolnshire

County councillors have been told that, at the end of 2023, just 25 per cent of people in Lincolnshire had access to an NHS dentist.

One in six children leaving primary school with rotting teeth

The Labour Party has pledged to rescue NHS dentistry, as analysis reveals one in six children are leaving primary school in England with rotting teeth. In Suffolk, 11.7 per cent of children aged 10-11...

Government to explore ‘non-van solutions’ to improve access to dentistry

The British Dental Association (BDA) has issued a response to the government’s launch of a pre-procurement exercise for “non-van solutions”.

The number of NHS dentists is falling in Scotland, says minister

Alex Cole-Hamilton, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, accused the Scottish government on April 14, 2024, of leaving NHS dentistry “to rot”. It follows research by his party, which revealed that the...

Government to review the duty of candour system

A new call for evidence launched by the government on April 16, 2024, aims to capture and consider views about how the duty of candour system is honoured, monitored and enforced in health and social...

Cumbrian dentist calls for further NHS contract changes

John Lewis, chair of the North Cumbria Local Dental Committee, says NHS dentistry has “become unsustainable.” He is calling for the contract to be updated to prevent more practices from going private.

MPs to vote on landmark smokefree generation bill

MPs will vote on April 16, 2024, on world-leading legislation to protect future generations across the UK from the harmful effects of smoking.

Politician calls the government’s smokefree plans ‘absolutely nuts’

Boris Johnson has said it is “mad” that Winston Churchill’s party is working toward “banning cigars”.

Councillor responds to loss of NHS dentists

Mark Fryer, leader of Cumberland Council, has expressed deep concern following the announcement that a dental practice in Cockermouth will cease to provide NHS treatments, further reducing the already...