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Independent group appointed to review NHS dentistry

12th December 2008

An independent review group has been appointed by health secretary Alan Johnson.

In an attempt to help improve access for patients who want to see an NHS dentist, the staff will investigate the regional variations in access.

Members of the public will also be advised on how to see a practitioner.

Mr Johnson said the government is “committed” to improving access to oral healthcare for people.

He went on to say funding for dentistry has increased to over two billion pounds, adding it was “disappointing” there are areas of the country in which people “are unable to find an NHS dentist”.

“We want to make sure that every patient’s needs are met and that dentists are carrying out the right level of preventative care,” he continued.

The independent review team will include two NHS dentists and a manager from the service and will be led by professor Jimmy Steele, chair in oral health services research at the School of Dental Sciences in Newcastle.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health released waiting times statistics, which found 6,100 people were waiting over six weeks for one of the 15 key diagnostic tests at the end of October 2008.

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