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MP hits out at ‘national scandal’ of children needing dental extractions

31st May 2016

MP and health minister Alistair Burt has drawn attention to the widespread problem of children needing dental extractions during a recent industry conference.

Speaking in a keynote address at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition, described the number of children going to hospital to deal with this issue as a "national scandal", saying such a trend should not be tolerated in 2016.

He praised the dental sector for its efforts in tackling the problem, while underlining the importance of national oral health improvement initiatives aimed at addressing the spread of tooth decay in poorer areas.

Mr Burt also expressed confidence that the new dental contract will be positive for the sector, while acknowledging the work that needs to be done by the General Dental Council to regain trust following a difficult period for the regulator.

Responding to the speech, the British Dental Association said Mr Burt's address was "short on both detail and ambition when it comes to the solutions" to the problems he correctly identified.

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chair of the BDA's general dental practice committee, said the government needs to be more ambitious and coherent in its national strategy to address these issues.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801819473-ADNFCR

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