Did you mean dentists speaker:Paula Sherriff?
Paula Sherriff: Prevention and early intervention are crucial, but no NHS dentists are accepting new patients in Dewsbury, which has the second-worst provision in the country. Children in Dewsbury have five times the national average level of tooth decay. I have asked for help on this for two years, but absolutely nothing has been done. Can you tell me why the dental health of children in Dewsbury is so...
Paula Sherriff: I will endeavour to behave on this occasion, Mr Speaker. Well over a year ago I told the House that there is not a single NHS dentist available in my constituency and that the incidence of child tooth decay is five times the national average. Indeed, I understand that my constituency is one of the worst in the country, if not the worst, for dentist provision. I further raised the issue in a...
Paula Sherriff: ...the worst in the country. Unfortunately, nothing has changed since then. Does the Secretary of State believe it is acceptable that my constituents, including many children, are unable to get an NHS dentist?
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department collects on average waiting times for (a) appointments with NHS dentists and (b) GP appointments.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an appointment with a NHS dentist has been in the last 12 months.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists are accepting new patients in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) Dewsbury constituency.