Gideon Amos blasts Conservative NHS Dentistry Crisis

2 Feb 2024

Gideon Amos, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary for Taunton and Wellington, has blasted the Conservative government for its lack of action over the NHS dentistry crisis.

His comments came after the area’s sitting MP, Rebecca Pow, reported that she had met the new Dental Minister and received assurances that a Dental Recovery Plan was due to be launched imminently.

Ms Pow said she had "pressed in no uncertain terms the unacceptable lack of NHS dentists right across Taunton Deane".

But Mr Amos hit back, saying: “The Conservatives have broken local dentistry, broken our NHS and broken Britain.

"Now, even their own MP for the area seems to agree that their own record is unacceptable, even after all these years when they’ve been in charge.

"But it’s not just dentists - where is our new hospital for Taunton they promised as part of their campaign at the last General Election?

"Musgrove Park’s maternity buildings still rely on buckets under the holes in the roof and the Conservative government still hasn’t come up with the funding to even replace it.

"On past performance on our NHS, any promise today from the Conservatives will be broken, just like they broke their promise of a new hospital - and, all the while, they’ve been taking local people for granted.”