Harlow’s Robert Halfon MP responds to concerns over NHS dentistry

News / Thu 11th Jan 2024 at 08:52am

ROBERT Halfon, Member of Parliament for Harlow and the Villages, has released the following statement in response to concerns about access to NHS dentists following an Opposition Day debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

Commenting on NHS dental services, Mr Halfon said, “I understand that residents across Harlow and the Villages are concerned by the challenges in registering at NHS dental practices and accessing NHS dentists when they need them. Improving access to NHS dentistry is a key priority for the Government. 

“This Government is taking action to make it easier for everyone to access NHS dental services:

  1. Investing in NHS Dentristry – this Government is investing £3 billion per year to improve NHS dentistry. From more appointments to better pay for dentists, this money will improve access to NHS services by ensuring the best-performing dental practices are able to see more patients and offer their important services to even more Harlow residents. 
  1. Support for Local Practices – by reforming the way dental practices are funded by the NHS, this Government is incentivising more private providers to offer NHS care increasing the amount of services provided and making it easier for people to get an appointment. The Government has also offered local dentists over £1.7 billion in support to recover from the pandemic and to protect local services. 
  1. More NHS Dentists – this Government is also boosting the number of dentists available to deliver NHS services and incentivising more people to join the profession. In fact, there has been a 40% increase in the number of training places available to ensure we have a pipeline of qualified and highly-skilled dentists in line with the future needs of our communities. 

“Whilst work is underway to improve access to NHS dental services, there is still much to do and the Government will shortly be publishing a dentistry recovery plan, which will deliver vital changes to ensure dentists in Harlow and across the country are better incentivised and better prepared to deliver NHS care.

“I would like to put on record my sincere thanks and appreciation to everybody in Harlow and the Villages who work heroically within NHS services to deliver outstanding care to all our residents. As with all NHS staff, our dentists, hygienists, nurses and support staff work tirelessly to offer vital dental care and this Government will do all is can to deliver what’s needed to improve access to these services and support those working within them.” 

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16 Comments for Harlow’s Robert Halfon MP responds to concerns over NHS dentistry:

Kim Oconnor
2024-01-11 09:08:10

It's outrageous that in this day an age, you can not get an NHS dentist. I had to go private before xmass ,paying out £ 390 quid .. when we all pay for NHS, that no longer exists..its a shameful government this.

gary roberts
2024-01-11 09:15:21

What? Mr. Halfon has been in office for 14, yes 14 years and now the election is near we get the BS and nonsense again on dentistry together with all the other discredited pledges he has made for Harlow. It is disgraceful and insulting.

Gary Scott
2024-01-11 12:20:11

Just look at the post office scandal, this is what we are up against, people need to realise that the politicians hold us all in contempt, we just keep voting the same people back in, Labour Liberal, and tories, just say the things we want to hear, and we forget the real things that matter, mass illegal migration, crap NHS, poor services across the whole country, yet they promise everything and yet nothing changes, except how much we pay for said service, when we complain the council make all the excuses they can, but there is never anyone to do anything, no accountability, for the inadequate state of our town/country they just get away with it, there plan is stop anyone complaining or protesting by stopping our rights to do just that, they are all toxic failures

2024-01-11 14:56:04

Blah blah blah. Usual Halfon piffle. Be glad when he's finally kicked out.

Crazyhorse 74
2024-01-11 16:25:33

Can't blame everything on him probably more like the amount of people in the country now,hate to think what it would be like if we was still in the E.u.!!

2024-01-11 19:10:45

Too many people hence not enough Homes,Schools, Hospitals and Dentists, now why would that be?

2024-01-11 19:42:29

Perhaps Mr Halfon could work very hard on behalf of the people of Harlow to discover who has been in power over the past decade or so and completely undermined NHS dentistry, then he can get a grip and deal with their failure.

2024-01-11 21:13:41

Will all the extra NHS dentists be based in the new hospital Mr Halfon has been promising for at least the last four elections?

Luke Burton
2024-01-11 21:21:07

This is exactly how this piece from Halfon reads - Hello! My name is Halfon and I've had enough of you lot moaning so just take this nonsense press release from Conservative Party Campaign Headquarters and go away. P.S. a good pair of pliers cost less than £5 from B&Q.

Nick Gunn
2024-01-11 21:39:52

Like many dupes, Halfon actually believes the nonsense he is programmed with by Tufton Street and so-called think tanks. To increase the number of dentists before we have time to train them, we'll have to import them, but the racist immigration laws make that increasingly difficult! Like the 40 new hospitals, this is a 'dead cat'- while we're all looking at these improbable plans, we're distracted from the car crash economy, the destruction of the state, and with it, democracy!

Ned Gunn
2024-01-11 21:42:43

What is obvious is that this paper's comment section filters out certain contributors by blocking their details and putting up a bogus error message. The contribution from the MP is so incredible they don't want too many real opinions

2024-01-12 03:56:40

The tories will be gone soon but are the people in harlow thick enough to vote them back again in our town.. Crazyhorse74 and pedro.. Try not to fall into the nonsence of blaming the poor foreigner.. We need people to work. Hospitals. Hospitality. Farm work ect. Look at the fact since the tories took power in 2010. The wealth of the billionaires in Britain has gone up by a crazy 281%. Thats how much more of the wealth they have got.

2024-01-12 06:21:16

Blah Blah Blah The Tories will not stop until they have crushed our National Health Service as we have all known it for years and replace it as A Pay As You Go Private National Health Service/System with Free Healthcare For All Abolished Allegedly ( Reality more like it )

Nicholas Taylor
2024-01-12 08:24:06

I wonder if anyone from one of the dental practices in the town would care to be interviewed and comment about Robert's statement? My dentist of 20+ years has recently stopped dealing with NHS patients, in many parts of the country there are no dentists taking NHS patients.

2024-01-12 10:10:54

Its called Money!! an awful lot of ethnic communities pushed their children through Dentistry and medical colleges in the wish of high earnings and becoming very wealthy and now the only way in becoming wealthy is to only charge private patients! why do people go to Turkey and Bulgaria for dental work when we have this rip of country we live in!

Trevor PYLE
2024-01-13 11:33:14

So according to Tomcat private dentistry is all the fault of migrant communities...parents forced their offspring to become dentists and become wealthy from only taking private patients. What a bizarre perspective you have on the world. In 1990 only very small group of dentists offered private dental care. What changed? The then Tory government cut the fees paid to NHS dentists. Some hung on to NHS principles. Some had NHS and private patients. But eventually the majority went solely private. And yes they do earn good money. A 2021 survey by the Dental Schools Council found 72.6% of dentists identified themselves as 'white'. So please take you unfounded racial dogwhistling elsewhere.

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