MP extracts pledge on NHS dentistry as practice closes

MP extracts pledge on NHS dentistry as practice closes

DEWSBURY MP Paula Sherriff has secured the future of dental services in Ravensthorpe.

After challenging the government to take responsibility for the lack of access to dentists in her constituency, Miss Sherriff has been assured by local commissioners that a practice will be retained in Ravensthorpe.

The move comes as the area’s only remaining NHS dental practice at the health centre closed last week due to a lack of funding. NHS England has confirmed that the new dental practice will operate at the same premises at Ravensthorpe Health Centre but it’s yet to be confirmed when this will happen.

Following a meeting with NHS England, Miss Sherriff said: “I’m proud that the local commissioning lead has confirmed that the future of dental services in Ravensthorpe for the local community have been secured.

“After a successful campaign by local ward councillors and I, instead of the contract being split between existing dentists in neighbouring communities, a new service will be commissioned in Ravensthorpe.

“I welcome the decision to retain an NHS dental practice in this area of need, though there remains a shortage of NHS dentistry here and across North Kirklees. This can only really be addressed through government action to fix the failed NHS dental contract.

“It’s high time the government took action and delivered on promises to tackle the crisis in NHS dentistry.”

A spokesman for NHS England said: “We remain committed to providing NHS dental care in the Ravensthorpe area and are in discussions with local providers to take over the running of the dental practice in Ravensthorpe Health Centre as soon as possible, meaning local patients will be able to access an NHS dentist when they need one.”

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