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Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

Purpose of the consultation


Following on from the Fifth Senedd Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s May 2019 report, A Fresh Start: Inquiry into dentistry in Wales, the Sixth Senedd Health and Social Care Committee is considering whether the Welsh Government is doing enough to bridge the gap in oral health inequalities and rebuild dentistry in Wales following the COVID-19 pandemic and in the context of rising costs of living.


In particular, the Committee is considering:


>>>    The extent to which access to NHS dentistry continues to be limited and how best to catch up with the backlog in primary dental care, hospital and orthodontic services.

>>>    Improved oral health intelligence, including the uptake of NHS primary dental care across Wales following the resumption of services, and the need for a government funded campaign to reassure the public that dental practices are safe environments.

>>>    Incentives to recruit and retain NHS dentists, particularly in rural areas and areas with high levels of need.

>>>    Oral health inequalities, including restarting the Designed to Smile programme and scope for expanding it to 6-10 year olds; improved understanding of the oral health needs of people aged 12-21; the capacity of dental domiciliary services for older people and those living in care homes (the ‘Gwên am Byth’ programme); and the extent to which patients (particularly low risk patients) are opting to see private practitioners, and whether there is a risk of creating a two-tiered dental health service. Workforce well-being and morale.

>>>    The scope for further expansion of the Community Dental Service.

>>>    Welsh Government spend on NHS dentistry in Wales, including investment in ventilation and future-proofing practices.

>>>    The impact of the cost-of-living crisis on the provision of and access to dentistry services in Wales.



We want to make sure that our work is informed by experiences, needs, and views that reflect the diversity of the people and communities affected by these issues.


We encourage anyone with expertise or experience of these issues to share your views, with the full knowledge that your views will be welcomed and valued.


The closing date for submissions is Friday 16 September 2022.


Along with your submission, you should provide the following information:



>>>    Your name and contact details as the person, or organisation, submitting the evidence.

>>>    Whether your evidence is submitted as an individual, or on behalf of an organisation.

>>>    If you are submitting evidence as an individual, confirmation that you are over 18 years old.

>>>    If you are under 13 years old, your parent or guardian’s agreement that you can participate (this can be provided via email).

>>>    Confirmation of whether you would prefer that your name is not published alongside your evidence (names of individuals under 18 years old will not be published).

>>>    Confirmation of whether you would like the committee to treat any or all of your written evidence as confidential, with reasons for the request.

>>>    If you have referred to a third party in your evidence, such as a parent, spouse or relative, confirmation that they have agreed that you can share information that may be used to identify them and that they understand that it will be published.



How to share your views

To share your views electronically, please send to, or by post to Health and Social Care Committee, Welsh Parliament, Cardiff, CF99 1SN.



Providing Written Evidence

The Senedd has two official languages, Welsh and English.


In line with the Senedd’s Official Languages Scheme the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in Senedd proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.


We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.


Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Senedd’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Health and Social Care Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565