Next Friday, Luke is looking forward to a virtual meeting with a number of dental stakeholders from Plymouth to discuss the growing issue in Plymouth around dental access.
There’s a real dental crisis in Plymouth, with more and more people struggling to find an NHS dentist. This has become worse during the covid crisis, with dentists not receiving the government support needed to enable them to support their staff and patients during the pandemic. With over 16,000 people on the waiting list for an NHS dentist in Plymouth, this is a real local issue and one that Luke has been continually raising with the government and NHS England.
Having already hosted physical round tables called ‘Pastries & Politics’ prior to the pandemic on a range of topics including cycling, tourism and mental health, these ’roundtables’ are designed to remotely bring together interested stakeholders to discuss, debate and share ideas on a host of subjects that are important to Plymouth.
I know our city’s dentists are working their socks off and that we have a brilliant Dental School that contributes hugely. There’s a real appetite to do more and an urgency from the public for improvements in dental provision. I am keen to hear from a wide range of people who are active in this area about what the current state of provision is, what can be done, how interventions like the new city centre health hub can help and what our asks as a city should be of Ministers.
If you are a stakeholder and would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.