TENBY has been left without an NHS dentist once again – and ALL the NHS work in South Pembrokeshire will now take place in Pembroke or Pembroke Dock.
Following the death of the NHS dentist based in Narberth, Hywel Dda Health Board opened up the contract for tender.
At least two practices offered to take on NHS patients in the Tenby area – but they both lost out to an existing Pembroke dental surgery.
Simon Hart MP is disappointed that people from Tenby, Saundersfoot and Narberth – a total population of 10,000 - will now have to travel for treatment.
"Huw Jones was providing 15,000 units of dental care a year in Narberth until his death – and a further 10,000 was provided in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock. With this news all 25,000 units have moved to the far west of the county, leaving Tenby without NHS dental provision once again.
"I am sure the Pembroke practice will do a very good job but it is disappointing that the provision is being limited to this corner of the county.
"Although Hywel Dda never promised that the units would be retained in Narberth, I am disappointed that they are all being moved to Pembroke.
"This was the perfect opportunity to fill the gap in Tenby. There is a great need for an NHS dentist in the town, a lot of elderly people live there who find it difficult to use public transport to get to Pembroke.
"I am sure that good offers were made to provide the care in the Tenby area and I have written to the Health Board urging them to think again."
Simon Hart MP
House of Commons
15, St John St
or 0207 219 3000