NHS dentistry has been a major area of concern for the people of North Yorkshire. Excluding the COVID-19 vaccination programme which prompted unprecedented contact from members of the public, dentistry has been our most heard about subject over the past 12 months.
This report includes a review of the 176 pieces of feedback and signpost requests we received regarding dentistry between 15th May 2020 and 14th May 2021
Current reforms of the way dentistry is commissioned and provided needs to be radical and more rapid.
There needs to be greater availability of NHS dentistry, in terms of increased access and affordability for people living in North Yorkshire.
Greater clarity in the information provided about NHS dentistry is needed, including improvements to NHS Choices website.
Dental practices explore opportunities to support people’s general health, providing advice on diet and lifestyle, and offer, where appropriate, signposting and referrals to other services.
The up-coming integrated care system reforms to health and social care should take a greater role in commissioning NHS dentistry services.