Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Brake Launches 'Desperate for Dentists' Campaign

April 29, 2007 2:37 PM
One Patient Has to Wait Too Long for an NHS Dentist

Tom Brake's Health Survey Reveals that 7 out of 10 Residents Have Trouble Finding an NHS Dentist

In February, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington dispatched his 2007 Health Survey to around 70,000 Carshalton and Wallington residents.

The feedback has been phenomenal so far, with many thousands of constituents responding positively to Tom Brake's initiative aimed at identifying their likes and dislikes about the health service locally and other key issues. One of the key problems the survey identifies is how difficult residents find it to register with an NHS dentist.

Tom Brake said, "I am disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that 7 out of 10 respondents have encountered problems when trying to register with an NHS dentist. This problem is not solely confined to Carshalton and Wallington - nationally 75% of dentists are 'not taking on NHS patients'."

In response to this, Tom is launching his Desperate for Dentists campaign, aimed at ensuring constituents get access to quality dental care and that the government takes preventative dental care more seriously. This could be achieved by providing contracts for dentists that do not force them to abandon the NHS, leaving patients stranded.

Tom is mailing a Desperate for Dentists campaign leaflet to constituents that contains further campaign information and a petition for residents to sign in support of Tom's campaign.

Tom will be raising constituents' concerns in Parliament at the earliest opportunity and meeting with local dentists to hear first hand why many will not take on NHS patients.

What would you like to do next?

  • Subscribe for updates

    Read updates from this website in your desktop or online news reader

    • On a news reader website

      •  
      •  
      •  

      In a desktop news reader or a website not listed above

      •  
    • Example monthly digest email
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Join our email list

    • If you submit your contact details, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Follow the party's activity on...

    • YouTube:
  • Share this page

    Share this page on another website

    Link to this page

    On websites and printed material:
    tombrake.co.uk/en/article/2007/071281/brake-launches-desperate-for-dentists-campaign?display=Desktop
    In text messages, Twitter, or reading over the phone:
    tombrake.co.uk/a134s

    Email this page to a friend


    • Generate different image
  • Help out or donate

    Help out in your local area

      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image
  • Tell us what you think

    Send us your views

    If you are a resident of the Carshalton and Wallington constituency and are writing to discuss any issue that Parliament or government is responsible for, you must provide your home address as MPs are generally only permitted to act on behalf of constituents.

    If you are not a constituent, you do not need to provide your address, but the matters we can deal with are more limited and you may wish to contact your local MP in the first instance.

    • If you agree, Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image