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​Crisis in dental access raised by Gwynedd AM

17 July 2019

NHS dentists accepting new patients breakdown

We're pleased to see Assembly Member for Arfon, Siân Gwenllian, raising the issue of the crisis in dental access for patients in the Welsh Assembly this week.

Our report into the dental access crisis reveals that of the six dental practices operating in Arfon, not one is accepting NHS adults or NHS children, whilst three of the six practices are accepting private patients. 

Siân Gwenllian AM spoke of her shock at the report and said she was "alarmed" to hear that children and young people with learning disabilities are being shut out from accessing dental care, and has called on the Welsh Labour Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething to "step-in as a matter of urgency."

Our figures also reveal that across the whole of Wales, only one in six (15.5%) dental practices can take on new adult patients, and only one in four (27%) taking on children on the NHS. 

We continue to campaign for a reformed dental contract that works for patients and dentists and ensures real prevention. 


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