First Minister Admits Pembrokeshire Dental Crisis

Wales' First Minister has admitted that Pembrokeshire needs more help to solve its dentist shortage.

In a letter to Mid and West Wales AM Nick Bourne about solving the shortage of dentists he wrote: "I am aware there's more to be done, particularly in areas such as Pembrokeshire, but we are committed to providing an NHS dental service to tackle the oral health inequalities which meets the needs of the people of Wales."

His letter comes after the Community Health Council admitted there were still 14,000 people on the waiting list for an NHS dentist in the county, despite six new dentists starting work in November.

"This is a startling admission that Labour has so far failed to solve the dentist shortage in our county," said South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns.

"They talk about "historical difficulties" in attracting dentists to rural areas but they are simply not trying hard enough."

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has now launched a campaign to discover the true extent of the dental crisis.

"I have heard from a number of people who have found it extremely hard to find an NHS dentist and who have ended up paying a fortune for emergency private treatment," he said.

*If you have any concerns about dental care in Pembrokeshire then contact Mr Davies' office on 01437 766425 or email david.howlett@wales.gov.uk