The South West London Local Dental Committee held its first Annual General Meeting on 31 October this year. Dharmen Patel provides a summary of what was covered.
Kunal Patel, LDC Director for Kingston, provides an update on the first meeting of the Kingston Oral Health Partnership.
The South West London LDC and South West London Healthwatch organisations are collaborating to elevate their concerns about a lack of access to NHS dentistry.
Dentistry is classed, along with pharmacy and optometry, as a separate set of NHS services from primary care, yet these are services patients use regularly.
We want to ensure that the purpose of the new South West London LDC structure is clear.
As an LDC we recognise the effect on the profession and the future of NHS dental services and it is our vision to empower local dentists to provide the care their patients require with a supportive local network and NHS contract.
As part of the Local Care Partnership, the borough level arm of the South West London Integrated Care System, the Board will be driving information about health inequalities and developing strategies to reduce them. Part of reducing health inequalities is ensuring access to NHS dental services.