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Breaking: Labour will restore free dental check-ups for all

Further demonstration of party’s commitment to a truly universal public NHS – and the UK’s health

Labour in government will restore free dental check-ups for every citizen, including important checks for oral cancers.

The party’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth is to announce plans to provide free NHS dental check-ups for everyone in England.

Scrapping ‘band one’ charges will give everyone a free ‘dental MOT’ with their dentist, including checks for oral cancers, while also taking pressure off GPs and hospitals.

The measures, which the British Dental Association have estimated will cost £450m per year, are part of Labour’s plans to focus on prevention and provide a truly universal NHS and moving towards providing dental services free at the point of use.

Labour’s full pledge on NHS England funding will be laid out in the party’s forthcoming fully-costed manifesto and this funding will come in addition to the £26bn announced by Labour earlier this week.

Charges put people off from going to their dentist, and actively undermine prevention – nearly one in five patients delay going to the dentist because of cost.

There are many reports of people resorting to so called ‘DIY dentistry’, buying cheap kits off of the internet, including scalers and Temparin Max for makeshift fillings and procedures, often resulting in huge complications.

The current system also puts pressure on the wider NHS. Around 380,000 patients with toothache are choosing to head to their GPs who cannot provide dental treatment, costing the NHS over £20 million a year. Around 135,000 patients per year are also estimated to attend A&E units with dental problems, at a cost of £18 million.

Today’s measures are also aimed at improving children’s oral health. More than 100 children a day have rotting teeth removed in hospital, when nine in ten cases could have been prevented. Tooth decay remains the leading reason for hospitals admissions among 5 to 9 year olds, more than double the rate for tonsillitis.

“Oral cancers currently claim more lives than testicular and cervical cancers combined

Mobile dental clinics, run by charities usually seen operating in developing countries, have set up clinics in towns in England to provide emergency dental care for people who cannot afford treatment.

Dentists are often first health professions to detect signs of oral cancers. Given these cancers currently claim more lives than testicular and cervical cancers combined – and are killing twice as many as those killed in car accidents in England, this policy could play a key role in screening and early detection.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:

Over half of adults and 40% of children haven’t been to the dentist in the last year.

If you don’t go to the dentist for check-ups, you end up storing up problems in the long term. Over 100,000 are admitted to hospital every year because of problems with their teeth.

This is the first step towards making all dentistry services free of charge – part of our ambition to deliver free dentistry as part of a truly universally free health service.

Dentists are often the people who detect oral cancers and other serious problems.

We value all our dentists and dental nurses.

Ashworth said:

It’s shocking that so called ‘DIY Dentistry’ is becoming so common with people resorting to doing their own fillings and seriously risking their teeth deteriorating further.

With 135,000 patients presenting at A&E with dental problems every year, it’s time we put prevention at the heart of our approach to dental health.

People should not be risking their teeth because they can’t afford the care. With Labour, dental check-up fees will be scrapped as we help people live healthier lives.”

Publication note: This information was originally under embargo until 10.30 this evening, but the Times has breached the embargo.

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  1. Labour has decided.
    Hope it is democratic control of labour supply.
    That is left wing democratic socialist planning.
    So migrants need job offers and this is popular with the public too.
    So we can take workers we need from ANY country in the World and not just from Fortress Europe so it is internalionalist.
    We should also bring back migration adjustment funds for Councils which were scrapped by the Tories and Lib Dems which added to pressure on services.
    We should also try to trade unionise migrant workers to win better conditions for them and to build community solidarity.
    Labour For Hope!

  2. Brilliant✅✅✅ On a tangent but relevant. Read the following and speculate. Do you think Mr Andrew Saxe Coburg Gotha in this GE… any GE, would vote for
    OR Ian Austin’s BloJo and self declared coke head Gove, self admitted “Off his head” and alleged dead pig body part onanist Cameron… molester for self pleasure of dead Swine heads to be exact, Swinson the scorner of democracy???
    For whom would ANDREW, the “honourable” friend of convicted abuser of children – EPSTEIN, vote???

    P.s. what peculiar perversions the Corbyn hating Tories and LibDems ALWAYS tend to have. No wonder our country is ALWAYS left in such a mess for Labour to clean up and put right. We do it with too quietly. We must shatter the myth of the Tories. They are economy wreckers. Their damage needs at least a decade to repair. Only a Jeremy Corbyn led TRUE Labour Government can put our country right. The only excellent choice for PM is the one person “Prince” Andrew will reject.

  3. Those planning ongoing sabotage of Jeremy Corbyn, prefer to enable, prefer to endorse, prefer to be cleaved to the Piffle piffling Boris Johnson below: Know SwinsonsCoylesKhansBliarsCoopersHarmansDromeysJessPhillipses (be not fooled by self-serving change from usual nasty tune), the IanAustin’sPeeMendaciousOperatedWoodcock willing to give power to a TrumpedPumpedJohnson… KNOW THEM by their maligned choices. The usual suspects reject visionary positive change. They prefer unreliable jokers, self-serving incompetents, industrial betrayers, tawdry scamps‼️‼️‼️ They know what they do, so they condemn themselves to be rejected by an electorate no longer solely dependent on the MSM. An equally guilty MSM that releases long held evidence of wrongdoing only when it suits them eg as below:

  4. There is a very clear link between bad gums/teeth and heart disease.

    Well done, Corbyn.

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