Dental Services: North Devon

(asked on 18th February 2022) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of people waiting to access NHS Dental services in North Devon; and what steps are being taken to utilise dental therapists within the dental industry to alleviate waiting lists.

Answered by
Maria Caulfield Portrait
Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
This question was answered on 22nd February 2022

Data on waiting times for National Health Service dental appointments is not collected centrally. Appointments for NHS treatments, recruitment and resource planning are managed directly by dental practices.

NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE) are developing proposals to reform the NHS dental contract. HEE is focusing on improving recruitment and retention and identify barriers to more efficient use of the whole dental team in NHS dentistry.

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