MPs tell Treasury: Fund dental services our constituents rely on
26 October 2021
The British Dental Association has welcomed the wide range of political support calling for sustainable funding to underpin the rebuild of NHS dentistry in England.
In an open letter over 40 MPs from both sides of the House of Commons have followed the recent call from the BDA and Healthwatch England in calling on Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke to ensure the coming budget and Spending Review put the building blocks in place for a sustainable recovery following the pandemic.
Over 30 million NHS appointments have been lost since lockdown, but not a penny of the trailed billions for the NHS recovery are currently earmarked for primary care dentistry.
Led by Yvette Cooper MP, the message is backed by both Mother and Father of the House Harriet Harman and Sir Peter Bottomley, and MPs from across the political spectrum and every region of England.
British Dental Association Chair Eddie Crouch said:
"The breadth of voices here reflects the depth of the crisis facing families across England.
"Providing the funds to rebuild a decent NHS dental service isn't a partisan issue.
"The Treasury has a choice, and investment here can offer a brighter future for millions of patients."