Funding boost for dentists

DENTAL services have been given a windfall of £1m to allow more people to join NHS surgeries in Northamptonshire.

The funding has been made available from Central Government.

It will allow for 6,600 more people to join local surgeries across the whole county.

The money is part of a drive to improve oral health by allowing people more access to dental surgeries.

Alison Simpson, who runs a dental practice in Mawsley, welcomed the announcement.

She said: “It’s fantastic news for people who couldn’t get to see an NHS dentist before.

“We will use the money to make sure that an extra 1,000 people in the area will get access to NHS dental care.

“This means local people will have healthier teeth and will be less likely to suffer from long-term dental problems.”

As well as making more money available for use by dentists on NHS patients, the new funds will also be put towards advertising.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Too many people still have problems getting to see an NHS dentist.

“Giving people back their NHS dentist is a key priority of mine, so I am delighted that we have been able to find more money for dentistry.”