Dr Johnson Questions Prime Minister Regarding Dental Care

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During a recent round of Prime Minister's Questions, Boris Johnson was asked about the dental industry. Dr Caroline Johnson, British Conservative MP for Sleaford, and North Hykeham, has urged the Prime Minister to encourage the establishment of new dentistry schools, citing her constituents' problems. “Many of my constituents are struggling to access an NHS dentist leading to pain and suffering in particular for children, military families and veterans.”

She questioned whether some of the funding that has been invested into dentistry should “be used to level up dental care provision?” She asked if Boris Johnson shared her “surprise that there is no dental school in the East Midlands?” And if he would “back {her} campaign for a dental school in Lincolnshire?”

“She questioned whether some of the funding that has been invested into dentistry should “be used to level up dental care provision?”“

However, Dr Johnson was not the first Member of Parliament to express anxiety surrounding the dental industry. Catherine Smith, a member of the Labour party, said that DIY dentistry is still practised.

Concerns have been raised that mandated immunisation programmes would result in a shortage of dental workers, further complicating access issues.

Dr Caroline Johnson announced that her urgent plea had been acknowledged. “I know that Health Education England are working extensively in Lincolnshire to improve the recruitment and retention of dentists. I understand that they agree with her about the uneven distribution of dental schools throughout the country. I’m sure, as they consider their next steps, they will have heard her appeal.”

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