Norfolk’s NHS dentists shortage revealed in new map

A new map has revealed the extent of Norfolk patients’ dental struggles and how it compares with other parts of the country.

Analysts at the website Dental Phobia have produced an interactive map providing insight into the availability of NHS dentists in each English county.

It shows that according to the most data, Norfolk has 2,564 people per NHS dentist, with experts warning of a “dental timebomb” in the county.

It also shows how other parts of the country compare with Norfolk, with neighbouring counties facing similar struggles.

Eastern Daily Press:

In Suffolk, there are 3,285 people per NHS dentist, while in Essex there are 3,695.

The landscape is almost identical in Lincolnshire, where there is the equivalent of 2,565 people per NHS dentist.

However, in Cambridgeshire, the 405 NHS dentists serving the county mean there are 1,613 people per practice.

The crisis has sparked a number of the region’s MPs to voice their concerns to government officials.

Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich North, recently became the latest to do so.

Ms Smith, who is due to stand down as an MP following the next election, called for better information to be provided about availability by dentists.

She said: “People need to know if they can get an appointment, so the updated information will be helpful.

“But overall, constituents deserve better.”



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