Richmond (Yorkshire) MP Rishi Sunak has announced that following talks NHS England dental commissioners had pledged that funding used to pay for NHS services at mydentist would not be lost and instead transferred to other dentists nearby. This follows a decision by the corporate to close its practices in Richmond and Catterick Garrison.
Alpha Dental is working with NHS England to provide NHS dentistry services from its branches in Catterick Garrison and at Northallerton. The local paper, Richmondshire Today spoke to Alpha Dental director Ian Gordon who confirmed that they were stepping in to provide NHS services to local patients. He said the company would do what it could until the end of March with existing staff, and then aimed to have an extra dentist in place in both their Catterick and Northallerton practices from April onwards.
Mr Gordon told the paper that NHS England had agreed to provide funding for a 12-month period, although it would not be the full amount paid to mydentist. It is thought the contract would then be re-tendered after the 12-months. He said: “We have agreed that we will provide an extra dentist at our Catterick and Northallerton practices. We will do our damnedest to deliver those extra dentist to deliver the services”.