The BETSI Cadwaladr University Health Board’s plan for better treatment of urgent dental cases has been hailed by the MS of Aberconwy.
The Board of Health has ordered 35 on-hours sessions and six off-hours sessions each week for urgent dental cases, which will continue until at least 2023.
With plans to establish a North Wales Dental Academy in Bangor, increased efforts for those with urgent dental needs have thrilled Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders.
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Ms Finch-Saunders added: “I have been approached by many constituents who have highlighted the difficulties they face in receiving regular dental care.
“Today’s news from Betsi Cadwaladr is reassuring for those in desperate need of treatment.
“As well as the opening of the North Wales Dental Academy, this should hopefully start to reduce the growing backlog of NHS dental appointments in the region.
“While I warmly welcome this news, more effort needs to be made to continue to support dentistry in North Wales, to meet the demand for services.
“I strongly believe this needs to be done through a multi-pronged approach, including working directly with the BCUHB, private dental practices, and improving the attractiveness of the region to recruit and retain dental clinicians.”