More fears over NHS dental wait times in the region


Kevin Hollinrake MP

THIRSK and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake said there was no room on NHS waiting lists in North Yorkshire for dental care and that has been the case for most of seven years he was in Parliament.

The MP made the claim during a parliamentary debate on dental services last week, which also saw York Central MP Rachael Maskell lament the lack of such a provision, as previously reported by the The Northern Echo’s sister newspaper, The Press.

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Mr Hollinrake says he knows dentists who will accept NHS patients but cannot ‘get the dental activity units’.

He said at home a constituent told him his son had special needs but that despite being on benefits he had to go private because he couldn’t get on an NHS waiting list .

He had to have a toe removed due to an abscess, which could have been avoided if he had had regular check-ups.

The MP also said the NHS dentist closed in Bondgate, Helmsley, closed in September 2020 but will not reopen until April at the earliest.

It will have taken 20 months for the NHS to reopen the service, although someone was willing to accept the contract from the outset.

“We have to send a rocket to the people ordering this – 20 months is just not acceptable,” he added.

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