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Dentistry top issue as government defeated in by-election

Reports this morning suggest NHS dentistry was among top issues in fuelling the Conservatives' landslide defeat in the Tiverton by-election.

Ranked alongside issues with local schools and 'Partygate', voters made clear that oral health and NHS dentistry is a priority.

"It's easy to understand why the inability to access basic healthcare services is resonating on the doorstep” says BDA Chair Eddie Crouch.

“The barriers facing millions of people in pain are made in Westminster. Until government turns the page on a decade of underfunding and failed contracts we will not see progress. Patients and voters deserve better."

The news comes in a week in which MPs have pressed Ministers for urgent change in NHS dentistry in two major debates and follows our warning to the Health and Social Care Committee last month that the service faces 'slow death' without real reform and fair funding.

"The Tiverton by-election underlines the real political cost of failure to fix the crisis in NHS dentistry," says BDA Chair Eddie Crouch.