Dentistry: Access for Cancer Patients

Part of Antimicrobial Resistance – in Westminster Hall am 5:51 pm ar 17 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Andrew Western Andrew Western Opposition Whip (Commons) 5:51, 17 Ebrill 2024

I thank everybody who has contributed to the debate. We have a considerable amount of expertise in the room—in particular, my hon. Friend Yasmin Qureshi is the chair of the all-party parliamentary group and my hon. Friend Mrs Hamilton is a former nurse and national lead for the Local Government Association on all things relating to health.

I am grateful to colleagues who have contributed to the debate in various ways and focused more generally on the considerable issues facing those seeking to access dentistry. I want to drill down more specifically on the issue of access for cancer patients, and I appreciate the Minister’s offer of a meeting, which will hopefully move us forward. I also welcome her commitment to looking at how we can deal with the information side of this. However, with respect—she would expect me to say this—that is perhaps the easiest of the issues to tackle. I gently say to her that at no point did I ask for all patients to have free dental treatment, but just for cancer patients to have dental treatment because their experience has not come about as a result of not looking after their teeth, but as a direct result of other treatments. [Interruption.]

I am cognisant of the Chair’s clearing of his throat, and I will raise some of the other issues that I was hoping to discuss today in the meeting with the Minister. As I say, I am grateful to her and the shadow Minister for meeting me and Michele earlier, and to everyone who has contributed.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered access to dentistry for cancer patients.

Sitting adjourned.