York dental services report will be published “before the end of the year”

The York Council says that a report on the future of dental health in the City – promised last year – will be published before the end of 2019

The new timetable has been supplied in response to a Freedom of Information request.

There has been continuing concern in the City about lack of vacancies at local dentists for NHS patients. Recently the only recorded vacancies for new patients on the NHS web site were, ironically, at the Bupa practice.

NHS web site listings

Healthwatch York published a report into dental services in the City last year. (Their web site is down at the moment)

The FOI response says, “An Oral Health Strategy has been drafted for children and young people, in response to data obtained from an oral health needs assessment carried out recently. This strategy will be published by the end of 2019“.

However, it goes on to say that the Councils public health department doesn’t monitor the waiting list for services. It says that is a an NHS responsibility.

We have been unable to find any recent figures indicating the overall length of dental waiting lists in the City.