Dental practices in Sheffield are being offered a £400,000 cash incentive to stick with the NHS.
Sheffield Primary Care Trust is offering 17 practices the extra funding if they continue to accept new NHS patients – or if they give faster treatment to patients waiting to receive NHS dental care.
John Green, Director of Dental Public Health for Sheffield said: ‘This is a great opportunity to make sure people don’t have to wait too long for dental care, by offering earlier treatment appointments.’
Sheffield PCT is also injecting a further £70,000 into two specialist orthodontic practices in the city.
This will ensure that those who are currently awaiting an orthodontic assessment at these two practices will be seen faster and at least 20 more patients will begin treatment before this summer.
Julia Newton, Director of Finance for Sheffield PCT said: ‘The PCT is committed to continuing to improve the NHS dental services offered to Sheffield people.
‘We are aware that there are difficulties for people in different areas of the city to access NHS dental care, which is why we are currently maximising our financial resources to ensure money is spent where it is needed most.
‘This latest investment reflects the PCT’s aims outlined in the recent ‘Achieving Balanced Health Strategy’.
We are working hard to ensure improved health care services are equally accessible throughout the city and that these services suit individual need.’