I have recently received quite a few items of casework from residents concerned about how difficult it is to find a local NHS dentist, especially that there is not an NHS dentist in Knaphill. This is a national problem that the Lib-dems have been campaigning about. Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb puts the blame on the Governments dental contact saying: “The Government is in complete denial over the fact that the new dental contract has been an abject failure. People want to see an NHS dentist, but all the evidence shows they are finding this increasingly difficult.” I tried to find an NHS dentist in
Woking last year, but the closest dentist willing to take on NHS patients was in Cobham. Although every dentist surgery I called in
Woking was willing to take on private patients. In my case there was only one dentists in Woking open late enough for me to use after work and this was the 24 hour dentist in Woking High Street, but for many local residents suffering from ever increasing prices for food, heating and council services this is not an option. As Norman Lamb says The crisis in NHS dentistry is Labour’s hidden legacy. With many people unable to find an NHS dentist, but equally entitled the real crime is the inequality that Labour has created and that the Conservatives are silent about.
Ironically the 24 hour dentist in
Woking is excellent and very keen to get funding to take on NHS patients during the day time, which has consistently been turned down.
Woking is really being let down on this issue!
To find local services such as dentists try this NHS link: http://www.nhs.uk/Servicedirectories/pages/servicesearch.aspx