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BBC Essex Interview with Tony Clough on 22nd March 2023

Dear colleague, Please see the link to the interview given this morning to BBC Essex by our Chair, Tony Clough: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0f5nhkv The interview begins at 08.12, after a frustrated patient in Hockley details her difficulties in accessing an NHS dentist, and is followed by people ringing in with their personal stories regarding NHS dental access. The file is available on the i-player for 30 days. With the imminent transfer of NHS dental commissioning passing from NHSE to the new ICBs next month, now is the time to influence their priorities and to insist that the expected £400M clawback money cannot be lost to NHS dentistry. Professor Nick Barker has been giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee regarding the crisis in NHS dentistry, along with Shawn Charlwood (Chair GDPC) and Dr Sandra White (Clinical Director at Association of Dental Groups). See: MPs told that tweaks to the contract will not halt the exodus of dentists away from the NHS On television last evening, BBC Look East had an interview with Stuart McCance in Norfolk and then a brief article on the Parliamentary Inquiry into NHS Dentistry, where the message was that the UDA system is not fit for purpose and that the incoming ICBs need to engage with and listen to the dental profession regarding the commissioning and provision of NHS dentistry. Watch the inquiry here:

Please share these links with your staff, and should your patients wish to complain about NHS dental provision, letters to their MP are having significant influence.

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

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