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NHS dentistry

Inquiry

The Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into dentistry following a survey that showed 90% of practices across the UK were not accepting new adult NHS patients.

MPs will consider to what extent the current NHS dental contract disincentivises dentists from taking on new patients. They will look at what incentives can be offered by the NHS to recruit and retain dental professionals, also explore the role of training.

They will also explore the possible impact of changes to be introduced next April to make new Integrate Care Systems and Integrated Care Boards responsible for the provision of dental services.    

Please first read the important information on this webpage and the terms of reference on the portal page. Your submission should be no more than 3,000 words.                                                                                                                                    

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 25 January 2023.

Upcoming events

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Past events

Tuesday 19 March 2024
9:45am Private
10:15am Public
NHS dentistry - Oral evidence 19 March 2024
10:15am
  • Shawn Charlwood (Chair at British Dental Association (BDA) General Dental Practice Committee)
  • Thea Stein (Chief Executive at Nuffield Trust)
  • Rebecca Curtayne (External Affairs Manager at Healthwatch England)
11:00am
  • Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Public Health, Start for Life and Primary Care) at Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Dr Amanda Doyle OBE (National Director for Primary Care and Community Services at NHS England)
  • Jason Wong MBE (Interim Chief Dental Officer at NHS England)
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 25 April 2023
1:30pm Public
NHS dentistry - Oral evidence 25 April 2023
1:30pm
  • Sarah Fletcher (Chief Executive Officer at Healthwatch Lincolnshire)
  • Chris McCann (Director of Communications, Insight and Campaigns at Healthwatch England)
  • Jo York (Managing Director at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board)
2:15pm
  • Neil O'Brien (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Primary Care and Public Health at Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer at NHS England)
  • Dr Amanda Doyle (National Director for Primary Care and Community Services at NHS England)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 21 March 2023
9:15am Private
10:00am Public
NHS dentistry - Oral evidence 21 March 2023
10:00am
  • Professor Nick Barker (General Dental Practitioner and Professor of Oral Health Science at University of Essex)
  • Shawn Charlwood (Chair at British Dental Association General Practice Committee)
  • Dr Sandra White (Clinical Director at Association of Dental Groups)
11:00am
  • Ian Brack (Chief Executive and Registrar at General Dental Council)
  • Dr Abhi Pal (President at College of General Dentisty)
  • Malcolm Smith (Chair, HEE's Advancing Dental Care Review and Dental Education Reform Programme, and Postgraduate Dental Dean at Health Education England North East)
Room 5, Palace of Westminster

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  • Email: hsccom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (general enquiries) 020 7219 6182 | 020 7219 6832 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Health and Social Care Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA