James Sunderland welcomes Government’s plan to recover and reform NHS dentistry

James Sunderland welcomes the Government’s plan to recover and reform NHS dentistry and seeks confirmation that dentists will be properly incentivised so that it will be quicker and easier for all who need it to access an NHS dentist.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

As the Health Secretary will recall, we met recently to discuss dentistry in Bracknell, so I really welcome the plan that she has announced today. Will she please confirm, for the sake of absolute clarity, that a cornerstone of the recovery plan will be quicker and easier access to NHS dentists, and also that they will be properly incentivised to absorb all the patients who need support?

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Victoria Atkins)

Indeed, and it was a pleasure to meet my hon. Friend to discuss the issues facing his constituents. I hope he recognises that we will have those aims very much in mind in the delivery of the recovery plan. We will begin to see the roll-out of those 2.5 million more appointments in the coming weeks as the new patient premium takes hold.