Shocking numbers needing emergency dental treatment across Greenwich

From Spencer Drury, PPC for Greenwich & Woolwich

New official figures expose consequences of lack of access to NHS dentists

  • An alarming number of people across Greenwich need emergency dental treatment in hospital because of a lack of access to NHS dentists, it was revealed this week. These urgent admissions are a direct result of patients not having an NHS dentist who is normally able to treat them in an emergency.
  • New figures extracted by the Conservatives show that across the country, 22,000 people had to be admitted to hospital for emergency dental treatment last year. These emergency hospital admissions are costing the NHS £13 million a year.
  • In Greenwich Teaching PCT, 58 people received emergency dental treatment in hospitals, costing the local NHS an estimated £34,545.  Most of this has to be borne by already over-stretched A&E departments.
  • This comes as the latest NHS figures show that 38% of the population across Greenwich PCThave not been seen by an NHS dentist in the last two years.

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Spencer Drury said:
“These figures underline once again the Labour Government’s appalling failure on NHS dentistry. 38% of people across Greenwichhave been unable to see an NHS dentist. It comes as no surprise that 58people have been forced to hospital last year for emergency dental care – straining our over-stretched A&E departments still further.
“We need to cut out Labour’s waste and bureaucracy in NHS dentistry and restore access to an NHS dentist to the million who have lost one under this Government.”
Conservatives have announced a series of reforms to NHS dentistry which will improve NHS care. The comprehensive plan proposes:

  • Creating new incentives for dentists to spend more time on preventative dental care, improving oral health and reducing long-term costs.
  • Restoring access to an NHS dentist for the one million patients who have lost it under Labour, by removing costly bureaucracy and cutting out waste.
  • Using money currently spent on carrying out unnecessary treatments to reintroduce dental screening for children in schools.
  • Ensuring that taxpayer-trained dentists work for the NHS for at least five years.