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Funding boost for NHS dentists

The Government is to spend £28 million to help more people get access to an NHS dentist, it has been announced.

The money will go to primary care trusts which had to bid for the funding and show how it will be used to meet the needs of patients.

These include trusts which aim to raise the number of appointments, and those which plan to enable people to be treated at home if they cannot make it to the dentist themselves.

An additional 820,000 Britons now have access to an NHS dentist compared to May 2010, and the new funding boost is expected to increase the number of extra patients to one million.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "Too many people still have problems getting to see an NHS dentist. Giving people back their NHS dentist is a key priority of mine so I am delighted that we have been able to find more money for dentistry because of our successful programme of efficiency savings in the NHS."

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