September 6, 2006
dental provision in Burnham-On-Sea is 'unacceptable' says council
lack of NHS dental provision in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
is "unacceptable" and needs to be addressed by county
health bosses, town councillors said this week.
Joanna Burridge said there are too few dentists offering NHS dental
services in the towns.
Burnham there's just one dentist accepting NHS patients, and in
Highbridge there's also just one, which only accepts children.
Isn't it time that something was done?," she questioned at
Monday's town council meeting.
comments are backed up by information on the Somerset Coast Primary
Care Trust website,
which shows the one local dentist offering NHS treatment is the
Burnham Dental Access Centre at the town's War Memorial Hospital.
Highbridge's Dental Practice only accepts NHS patients aged 0-18.
PCT website states that neither The College Street Dental Practice
nor The Dental Practice in Abingdon Street currently accept NHS
the ongoing increase in housing in this area and the resulting
population increase, we need better NHS provision," said
Cllr Burridge, pictured.
Chris Williams agreed: "It is an unsatisfactory and unacceptable
position. We're worse off here in Burnham and Highbridge than
many other areas."
Mansfield said "it is all down to funding" and pointed
out that there are NHS dentists in other parts of the Somerset
Coast Primary Care Trust area.
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