Fylde MP Mark Menzies has made clear the need to ensure vital investment in dental services reaches local patients.
The Government last month announced a £50m investment which will ensure an additional 355,000 NHS dental appointments are available across the country. With Fylde residents struggling to register with NHS dentists Mr Menzies has made clear to Ministers the need to target local provision.
He said: “Even before the pandemic people were facing challenges registering with an NHS dentist in Fylde. Over the past two years things have become more difficult and I am aware of a shortage of NHS places locally.
“People should not have to travel long distances to receive the care they need.
“That is why I have asked Ministers to ensure this money is being spent where it is most needed, to ensure people are able to get a place with a local dentist.”
Mr Menzies said he was aware of the challenges dentists are facing, but emphasised the need to ensure NHS capacity was available.
He said: “I know the pandemic has meant dentists have reduced the number of appointments available.
“Many have chosen to focus on the patients already on their books.
“But for those looking for a new dentist, for whatever reason, whether they have dropped off a list or are new to the area, the situation is worrying.
“Regular check ups are important and often prevent the need for more expensive emergency work.
“It is vital the Government does everything it can to ensure people have access to an NHS dentist in Fylde when they need one.”