Write to your MP!
The arrival of new Tier-4 restrictions make the imposition of NHS activity targets even harder to justify. We have worked to secure a debate on the support for practices on 7 January. Please write to your MP to make your case that NHS England must change tack, and encourage them to attend and speak up against these targets?
To find the MP in your area, enter your post-code and their candidate profile will appear, including the email address where you can reach them.
3 things to consider when writing your letter:
Your story can be powerful. Show the impact these targets will have on your practice and the patients you treat:
1. These targets are the wrong choice, at the wrong time. COVID rates are surging, and many patients will understandably be reluctant to attend. Equally, why are ministers encouraging potentially unsafe volumes of patients into practices?
2. These targets are bad for practices and bad for patients. Set out the challenges you face meeting these targets given current restrictions, and the impact this will have on your practice. Explain how perverse targets will force dentists to focus on routine cases over a huge backlog of urgent cases that need priority.
3. Get them to take action. Ask your MP to write to Minister for Dentistry Jo Churchill insisting these targets are abandoned and attend the debate on 7 January to speak up for better support for practices.
When emailing your MP please copy in firstname.lastname@example.org so we can follow up your email with some detailed briefing. Please do also get in touch if you need any advice or guidance on your message.
For many families, Christmas has been cancelled. The same logic should apply to these targets.
Chair BDA GDPC