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SuffolkNews Podcast: West Suffolk loses a fifth of its NHS dentists in a year and Hadleigh police officer given final written warning

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In today's podcast, we have the news that one part of Suffolk saw the joint-third highest drop in NHS dentists across the whole of England over the last year.

Figures show that 34 NHS dentists left practices in West Suffolk in 2021, a 21 per cent drop on the number employed in 2020, when there were 164.

An NHS spokesperson said unprecedented action had been taken to support NHS dentists throughout the pandemic.

Despite this, dental provision in Suffolk has come under fire in recent months.

Next and a police officer who sent inappropriate texts to a vulnerable woman has been handed a final written warning.

PC Adam Long was the subject of a misconduct hearing last week after an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

45-year-old PC Long, who has been based at Hadleigh Police Station since 2019, admitted he had sent the woman a string of messages he accepted were unprofessional and inappropriate early last year.

Elsewhere, and health chiefs say work over the next few weeks is crucial to make sure frontline staff get their Covid jabs in time for the government-mandated deadline.

Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board was told today that around one per cent of NHS workers in the county have not been vaccinated yet - with the deadline of April looming.

Officials said they are trying to get that number as low as possible so it was an ‘absolutely crucial piece of work’ they are doing over the next few weeks.

Staying with Covid, and half of Suffolk’s care homes have reported an outbreak in the last two weeks.

That’s according to public health chiefs, who have said despite this, case rates among over 60s are now falling.

But the infection is now being driven among youngsters as 17 schools across the county are currently using some form of virtual learning.

Also, a horse sanctuary is caring for two ponies which were rescued from the scene of a crash along the A11 at Red Lodge last week.

The ponies, now named Mariah and Carey, were admitted to Redwings after the collision on Tuesday.