Routine dental services to resume on 8th June, after Julian questions Health Secretary
June 2, 2020
Julian has welcomed the announcement that dental surgeries can re-open for routine care from 8th June, having tabled written parliamentary questions via the House of Commons to Matt Hancock on 21st May requesting clarification on the timeline and safety precautions for this.
As part of the coronavirus response, ordinary dental care has been suspended since 25th March, with emergency dental care being handled by Urgent Dental Care (UDC) hubs established around the country to ensure some provision remained.
Dental surgeries can now re-open from Monday 8th, if they can put in place the necessary safety measures.
Julian said: “Although the suspension of routine dentistry was an understandable and essential part of the initial lockdown, I knew many local residents with pressing dental needs needed clarification on resumption as soon as possible, which is why I felt it was important to ask the government to spell out its plans.
I also appreciate that dental practices must be supported to open safely, with the necessary protective and other equipment, which is why I tabled a question asking about the steps the Department of Health are taking to ensure practices have this.
I am of course ready to keep pushing the government on this, and am happy to take up any issues that local patients or dental practices think need raising.”