Den­tal travel shame

Sunday Express - - SYMPATHY FOR MEGHAN -

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ATIENTS need­ing den­tal treat­ment are right to be an­gry at hav­ing to travel al­most 100 miles to get the help they need.

It is truly wor­ry­ing that new NHS anal­y­sis has re­vealed that around 7,000 pa­tients have to make a round trip of at least 60 miles, while peo­ple in Aberys­t­wyth in Wales face jour­neys of 88 miles.

The UK gov­ern­ment in Eng­land and Welsh gov­ern­ment in Cardiff (which is in charge of this woe­ful state of af­fairs in Wales) need to look at how re­sources are dis­trib­uted and how best to get health pro­vi­sion to dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

Den­tal treat­ment should not be seen as a lux­ury ex­tra. It is a vi­tal part of main­tain­ing peo­ple’s health and qual­ity of life.

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