Shortage of NHS Dentists in Shipley


Access to NHS dentistry in Shipley is to be looked at by government officials after lobbying from an MP.


Health Minister Alistair Burt said the problem “has his attention” and he would be “monitoring the situation closely.”


The promise came after questioning from Shipley MP Philip Davies who told the Commons of problems faced by his constituents.


He said: “A number of my constituents are unable to access an NHS dentist. I urge the minister to look at the availability of NHS dentists in my constituency and use his staff to ensure there is enough capacity for all of my constituents who want to use an NHS dentist, to be able to use a good local NHS dentist.”


Mr Davies said people should not be forced to go privately because they cannot get on an NHS list.


In the exchange during Health Questions, Mr Burt promised to look into the situation in Shipley constituency, adding: “Overall access to NHS dentistry is good but it does vary area to area and West Yorkshire is one of those areas that worries us. Work is being undertaken in the West Yorkshire area to look at areas around NHS dentistry.”