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I’m 17 and haven’t seen a dentist for four years. This is life in England’s NHS dental deserts | Beth Riding

I’m 17 and haven’t seen a dentist for four years. This is life in England’s NHS dental deserts | Beth Riding

I’m 17 and haven’t seen a dentist for four years. This is life in England’s NHS dental deserts | Beth Riding
Apr 17, 2024 1 min, 0 secs

Figures released by the NHS in response to a freedom of information request by the Liberal Democrats show that 27,000 children in England were waiting for specialist dental care, assessments or procedures in January 2023.

The nearest sites taking on NHS patients are more than 160 miles away in Marlborough and Southampton – a round trip of at least eight hours, accumulating a large fuel cost, not to mention being a huge inconvenience for an appointment that should last about 10 minutes.

There are then knock-on effects, as residents of Cornwall are left vulnerable, with their oral health declining, and with a risk of further complications arising from this neglect.

Other expenses take priority over oral health – house prices are now about 10 times the average person’s salary in Cornwall, and reporting from 2023 showed that food bank visits in some towns had increased by 80%.

A lack of these essential checkups adds further stress to NHS hospitals, which are underfunded, understaffed and don’t need preventable issues taking up time and money.

These shocking figures make me feel as if I’m living in my history textbook: health inequalities, which it was promised would be fixed under the postwar welfare state, seem to be increasing every year.

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