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Investment in Dental Services Confirmed by NHS Bolton

NHS Bolton has confirmed that a £200,000 cash injection will be given to improve dental services in the area every year.

The extra funding will allow dentists in Bolton to take on an extra 2,700 patients at their practices.

The news has come just after it was revealed that thousands of people in the Bolton area are waiting to register with an NHS dentist. It has been suggested that up to 5,000peopem are on a list waiting for NHS dental care.

Earlier in 2012 the central waiting list for NHS dental treatment was scrapped and patients were told to contact their local dental practice to register or join a waiting list. NHS Bolton also offered around £50,000 for one-off dental appointments but patients wanted to be able to register with a dental practice so they could have routine dental care.

The extra money will be split between local practices and they will be able to use the money how they wish. NHS Bolton hopes that the money will help dental practices make long-term changes including extended opening hours and employing extra staff that can help with the extra patients.

Chairman of the Local Dental Committee in Bolton, Peter Moss, said that the cash boost will be of great benefit to local people as the money will allow dentists to expand their services.

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