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Tell the Secretary of State for Health to ensure adequate funding for NHS dentistry
Across NW London many dental practices are no longer taking on NHS patients and private patients are getting treated first. The existing government contract for dentists no longer makes NHS patients viable so that dentists are closing their lists to public patients.
For many people this means they may be forced to pull out their own teeth or overdose on painkillers. Or people may be forced to pay out money for expensive treatment they cannot afford.
As well as fighting tooth decay, dentists are often the people who detect oral cancers, kidney or pancreatic cancers, heart conditions, diabetes, leukemia and Crohn’s disease.
Free NHS dentistry should be a right for us all. We call on the Secretary of State for Health to ensure adequate funding so that free access to NHS dental treatment on a timely basis is available to us all.