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Dear colleague,

CORE20PLUS5 and children's oral health by Dr Urshla Devalia

NHS England has announced its approach to tackling health inequalities in Children and Young People (CYP) with the launch of CORE20PLUS5 - CYP


The BDA is asking for your help.

We have worked to secure a debate on NHS dentistry in the House of Commons on Thursday, 27 April. Ensure your MP will be there to represent you by sending them a message – it only takes 5 minutes.

Your story can be powerful. Show how the crisis this service now faces is impacting on your practice and the patients you treat:

1. Your MP is your voice in parliament. Ask your MP to commit to attend the debate on 27 April and to call for fundamental, urgent change.

2. The exodus is in motion. The current NHS dental contract punishes dentists. Over half of dentists in England report having reduced their NHS commitment since the start of the pandemic – and this is shift is going unseen in official data. Let your MP know what you are experiencing and why.

3. Cuts during an access crisis. 'Clawback' is on track for a record high of over £400 million. It is utterly perverse funds are being lost when millions are struggling to access care. If you expect to be hit, explain how this will impact your practice and the patients you treat.

4. Mass closures are hitting millions. Let your MP know the same pressures are being felt in thousands of practices.

5.Tweaks to a failed contract won't cut it. The Government has introduced marginal changes to the NHS dental contractual framework, with no additional funding. Explain how much impact these changes have had on your ability to deliver NHS dental care.

When emailing your MP you must include your postcode, and please copy in so we can follow this up with them on your behalf.

Please do also get in touch through if you need any advice, guidance, or data on your local area.


Kind regards, Clint Foreman (Asst. Sec. Essex LDC)

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