Your experience is crucial in helping us understand what needs to change to improve healthcare for everyone. At Healthwatch, we make sure NHS leaders and other decision-makers, hear your voice and use your feedback to improve care.
In June last year, Healthwatch had a 450% increase in negative experiences about access to dentistry.
With your feedback, Healthwatch were able to help move dentistry up the agenda over the last year and outline how thousands of people have struggled to access or afford NHS dental care.
The findings helped encourage MPs across the country to raise the issue in Parliament.
This contributed to Minister Jo Churchill committing to draw up reform plans by April 2022. In the meantime, NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care wrote to all dentists to update information about the care available on the NHS website.
Healthwatch is determined to keep this issue front and centre of decision makers’ minds. This is why we’ve made sure the issue has been raised repeatedly through an array of parliamentary interventions and media headlines.
Thanks to your help, Healthwatch will continue to fight for access to NHS dentistry for everyone.
Change takes time to happen. However, with your help, we will continue shining a light on the issues that matter to you.
Whether good or bad, it’s really is important that you share your experiences with us. Remember, your feedback is helping to improve people’s lives. So, if you’re ready to tell your story – we’re here to listen.