Health chiefs in Bolton will pump almost £1m into dental services to ease the growing crisis in the area.
Just two of Bolton’s 32 practices are currently accepting new NHS patients, with one of those only accepting children.
The Bolton Primary Care Trust plans to spend the money over the next three years, with the aim being to set up a new practice and give extra funds to existing ones so more NHS places can be provided.
Tim Evans, chief executive of Bolton Primary Care Trust, told The Bolton News: ‘We know it’s a problem in Bolton and we know we aren’t providing a perfect service. The big thing here is that there is a lack of supply.
‘These two new schemes will increase dental activity and will provide a more accessible service and more capacity.’
The news has been welcomed by Bolton’s dentists. Chris Brooks, a leading NHS dentist in the borough, said: ‘This is really good news as it’s a significant amount of money.
‘This shows the Primary Care Trust is making dental care a priority. I think it has been for some time, but now they’re putting extra resources into it.’