Dental Services: Greater Manchester

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th May 2022.

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Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of access to NHS dentists in (a) Stockport and (b) Greater Manchester.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No specific assessment has been made as National Health Service dental provision is planned by regional commissioning teams.

An additional £50 million for NHS dentistry was provided for the final quarter of 2021/22 to provide urgent care to patients. The North West, including Greater Manchester and Stockport, was allocated £7,310,000. Health Education England has made recommendations in its Advancing Dental Care Review, which aim to tackle recruitment, retention and attracting dentists to areas which are currently less well served. This will improve the distribution of training posts, resulting in more equitable access to dentists and dental care professionals.

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