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A campaign group calling for full access to NHS dental treatment in Suffolk, is taking to the streets again in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

‘Toothless in Suffolk’ will be hosting a family-friendly march and mass rally from 11am on Angel Hill and are encouraging people to make home-made placards and join the event.

This follows an online summit which took place on Tuesday, in which MP Jo Churchill invited constituents to tell her their views on access dental services.

Since its formation in May this year, the group has quickly grown in numbers across the county by people who have found themselves unable to access treatment.

The march and rally will also have guest speakers talking about access to NHS dental treatment.
The march and rally will also have guest speakers talking about access to NHS dental treatment.

The campaign team has also taken the East of England NHS commissioners to task over the issue.

Steve Marsling, campaign coordinator, said: "It is about time the NHS commissioners took the bull by the horns. Addressing the issues of need found throughout Suffolk and beyond, must now be treated as a priority.

"How can it be that NHS dental treatment available to the population was better back in the 1950s than it is now?

"The decline of dental provision began in the 1980s and has accelerated at pace over the past 10 years. There is a complete lack of will and ambition from the commissioners and government to the point that they’re in denial of this dental crisis.”

The march assembles on Angel Hill at 11am before taking a short walk around the town setting off at 11.30am, returning through Angel Hill and gathering in Abbey Gardens where the crowd will be addressed by speakers from the campaign, local councillors, union officials, as well as Eddie Crouch, chair of the British Dental Association (BDA).

Mr Crouch said: "This is a wealthy, 21st century nation. Yet we have seen ‘DIY’ dentistry that belongs in the Victorian era. People waiting years for treatment or travelling a hundred miles for care.

"None of these problems are inevitable. The facts are these are the direct results of choices made by successive governments.

"Change is promised. It will be a measure of whether reform means anything if the families gathering on Sunday need to return in the years to come."

To find out more about the march and Toothless in Suffolk, go to the group's Facebook page.

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