Tory Dental Charges: A Kick in the Teeth for Patients

11032016 DentistryCopeland MP, Jamie Reed has slammed the Government’s latest hike on dental treatment charges.  In a statement to Parliament, the Government announced the latest rise in the cost of treatment.

The announcement means that the cost of the most expensive treatment, Band 3, will now be £233.70 from April.  This is £35.70 more expensive than when David Cameron became Prime Minister.  Between 2008/9 and 2010/11, the previous Labour Government froze the cost of the most expensive treatment.  In contrast, under the Conservative-led Coalition and the Conservative Government, costs have risen each year.

The NHS Dental Patient Survey from 2015 suggests there are thousands of people in Cumbria who haven’t visited the dentist in the last two years because dental care is too expensive.

The local West Cumbrian MP, Jamie Reed has slammed the Government’s decision to put up charges for the sixth year running.

In the statement, the Government also announced their intention to put up prices again next year meaning costs will have risen by almost a quarter since 2010/11.  In 2017/18, Band 3 treatment will be £244.30, up from £198.00 in 2010/11.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“Under this Government, we have seen costs of dental care increase year on year.  Costs are up by almost 20% since David Cameron became Prime Minister and it is hitting people in need of care directly in the pocket.

“Thousands of people in Cumbria haven’t visited the dentists in the last two years because it is too expensive and now the Government have put up prices again.  Despite all the talk from the Government, people are still struggling to make ends meet and putting costs up again means that people in need of dental treatment will pay the price.”