NHS Charging

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of John Reid John Reid Secretary of State, Department of Health, The Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 22nd March 2005

I will examine them because, given all the difficulties that we face in dentistry, we want to ensure that, by bringing in 1,000 more dentists in the short term and by replacing the two dental schools closed by the last Conservative Government, we increase the number of dentists available. I should point out to my hon. Friend that such experience is not typical, according to the many surveys of people's experience of NHS services throughout the country. Indeed, a recent survey showed that 30 per cent. of people categorised the NHS as "excellent", 40 per cent. rated it "good" and 18.5 per cent. rate it "adequate". So 88.5 per cent. of people rated the NHS as "excellent", "good" or "adequate", and I thank the shadow Chancellor, Mr. Letwin, for carrying out that survey in his own constituency, and for publishing it for our benefit.