NHS England has a legal duty to commission National Health Service dental services to meet the needs of the local population. NHS England also has arrangements in place to help patients who cannot find a local dentist that is accepting new patients.
Access nationally remains high with 22.1 million adults having seen an NHS dentist in the last 24 months ending in 31 December 2017 and 6.9 million children having seen an NHS dentist in the last 12 months. However, there are areas where there is further to go to ensure that all those who want to access NHS dental care can do so.
NHS England (Yorkshire and the Humber) is currently reviewing how it can improve access to NHS dentists from April 2018, prioritising areas where access is particularly difficult.