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MP’s hopes of improved dental service

Local MP Graham Stuart hopes residents will be receiving a better dental service from now on after it was announced that almost £1m is being offered to increase capacity at practices across Beverley and Holderness. NHS England, who are providing the funding after a review of services in the area, believe that up to 2,000 new NHS patients can be enrolled over the next three years. 

Mr Stuart held meetings with NHS England in recent months following concerns raised by residents, many of whom have been stuck on waiting lists or turned away from nearby practices. He told Beverley FM: “It is a step in the right direction. For too long, local patients have been suffering long trips and longer waits simply to see a dentist on the NHS. But I will not be resting on my laurels even though the financial offer has been unveiled. Only when my constituents can access a good, local dentist in reasonable time will I be content that sufficient progress is being made.”

Beverley resident Lance Spruce-Jarrett was one of those who contacted the MP. He said: “I wrote after I had been kept on the NHS waiting list at one local practice for three years. I and many other residents in the area were being faced with trips to Cottingham or even Hull just to see a dentist.”