The Local Dental Committees in London are coordinating a response to the Mayor of London’s Health Inequalities Strategy consultation.
Following the consultation period, the LDCs will be following up with the Mayor’s office directly, as well as coordinating local efforts to improve oral health and good access to NHS dentists.
The key messages in our response to the Healthy Children section of the Mayor’s draft strategy will be:
- Children’s oral health problems are largely preventable and must be addressed with a joined-up approach
- The profession is ready and willing to turn the national disgrace of children’s poor oral health in the capital to a shining example
- Additional sustained funding and investment is required, as well as a coordinated plan for London
- Primary care dentists and dental practices must be recognised as key strategic and delivery partners in local plans to reduce health inequalities and deliver improved health for their local population
- The profession supports the Dental Check by One initiative
- LDCs have been working with NHS England and its local dental network in order to help support and improve referral pathway changes, such as those implemented for paediatric dental care
- We want to see children’s oral health improve and reductions in the number of extractions for children (particularly those under general anaesthesia)
- Every child must be properly supported to ensure they receive a regular dental check-up.
The key recommendations that the LDCs are proposing to submit to the Mayor of London are:
- The Mayor to have oversight of all children’s oral health plans in the capital, and for these to be built into every school and early years setting, as well as in any obesity strategies
- To assist the Mayor in analysing the effectiveness of any interventions and in holding local authorities to account, Mayor of London’s Children’s Oral Health Adviser to be appointed. This adviser will work with the Mayor’s statutory adviser on health, and with the Health Committee to ensure that London’s children get the best oral health start in life
- We call on the Mayor to work with colleagues at the Treasury, Department of Health and with the Minister of London to secure devolved financial powers which would allow money generated from the ‘sugar tax’, when implemented, to be used to fund oral health promotion, as well as strategies to tackle obesity.
We’ll keep you updated on the key proposals your LDC representatives will put to the Mayor in London. If you have any comments on the recommendations or would like your LDC to consider any additional points to present to the Mayor please get in touch with your LDC.