Readers respond to report into NHS dental access in Carlisle

The News & Star readers have readers have responded to a report from a former city council deputy leader has examined the lack of access to NHS dentistry in Carlisle. 

In a report she submitted to Cumbria’s Health Scrutiny Committee, former Carlisle City Council deputy leader Elsie Martlew has explored the issues around accessing NHS dentistry in Carlisle.

Issues identified in Mrs Martlew’s report include struggles to recruit and retain staff, the impact of Brexit and a need for reform.

Mrs Martlew said: “Some attribute the problem to the Covid pandemic and although this has had a seismic impact, the problem regarding NHS dentistry has been coming for some while.

“The number of practicing dentists in the UK has been declining for a number of years.”

Here’s what you had to say.

Maureen Hopper said: “The receptionist at Eden dentist said any NHS places were snapped up immediately, and he was severely misinformed. My friend and her husband have enrolled at Hexham.

“I am disabled and can’t drive that far, so I’ve had to enrol private, which I really can’t afford, but don’t want to loose my teeth.”

Linda Wilson said: “I have just been to emergency dentist (out of hours) at 10pm on Friday night as I had an abscess. Been on strong anti biotics and heavy painkillers since. I have had have to tooth removed on Tuesday.”

George Crook said: “Every dental practice should have one day a week to deal with NHS patients, they should be contracted to do so. Fail, lose licence to practice. How many people pay NI for just such an eventuality.”

Carole Caulfield said: “We should have a full dentistry service in this country, not everyone can pay.”

Eve Docherty said: “Here here, about time things change for the better. NHS for people who can’t afford private dentists.”



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