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Funding boost increases access to NHS dentists

Posted by Allie Wright

A funding boost of an extra £28 million has helped to give more than a million people in the UK improved access to NHS dentists, according to figures released by the government.

The Department of Health announced another 1.2 million people have been given access to an NHS dentist in the last two years.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley stated he is delighted that NHS dentistry is becoming more accessible, adding: “We want to make sure that this progress continues and that dentists give the highest standards of care as well as treating more patients.”

He noted this is why the coalition government is pursuing new ways of working in the oral healthcare field at the present time.

A new dental contract is going to be put together by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance once research into the area has been completed.

Almost 3,000 people in Derbyshire are among those who have headed to their dentist after a spell away in the last two years, the Derby Telegraph reported.

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