The ADG has welcomed the announcement today of an additional £50 million funding injection into NHS dentistry this year to help recovery of services.
One off funding has been announced by the Government to prioritise additional appointments for children, people with learning disabilities, autism or severe mental health problems until the end of the financial year.
ADG Chair Neil Carmichael responded;
“This additional funding is welcome news to support capacity and ensure that those most in need can get an NHS dental appointment. It is a recognition that support is needed to clear the backlog of care and we hope it will be sustained going forward.”
“ADG members see this as the first step on a road. The Government has asked NHS England to lead on dental system reform to better support dentists and deliver better outcomes for patients. Whilst we will do all that we can to help address the immediate backlog of care, only reform of the broken contract model and long term workforce planning can sustain NHS dentistry for the rest of the decade.”
The funding announcement is here.