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Toothless in Suffolk campaigner Mark Jones tells Westminster Health Forum crisis has turned into a disaster



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A campaigner calling for better dental provision across the country says the crisis has turned into a disaster.

Mark Jones, campaign co-ordinator for Toothless in Suffolk and Toothless in England, told the Westminster Health Forum the dental crisis engulfing the UK 'fails to fully recognise the current situation we find ourselves in today.'

Thousands of people across the country, including in Suffolk, are struggling to access appropriate dental care provision.

Mark Jones, campaign co-ordinator for Toothless in England. Picture by Mark Westley
Mark Jones, campaign co-ordinator for Toothless in England. Picture by Mark Westley

It has lead to charities such as Dentaid coming to the rescue of residents in Bury St Edmunds and Leiston, with the unit proving to be in high demand.

Addressing the forum, Mr Jones said: "Toothless in England is the national hub of a grassroots campaign that’s calling for ‘an NHS dentist for everyone’.

"We are at the stage now where talk of a ‘dental crisis’ fails to fully recognise the current situation we find ourselves in today.

Campaigners demonstrated their anger at the lack of provision in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley
Campaigners demonstrated their anger at the lack of provision in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley

"The dental crisis has now turned into a dental disaster."

The campaigner proposed a number of solutions to solve the crisis, including creating mobile dental units for rural areas and demanding developers include the provision of adequate healthcare facilities.