In a recent Westminster Hall Debate, Paulette raised a critical issue that affects many local constituents and countless others across the UK: access to dentistry for cancer patients. As someone who has lost family members and friends to cancer, Paulette is acutely aware of the challenges faced by those living with this devastating disease.

Dentistry is an essential part of overall health, yet it often takes a back seat when discussing healthcare services. Just like many MPs in Parliament, Paulette Hamilton has received many distressing messages from her constituents in Erdington, Kingstanding, and Castle Vale. They are unable to find an NHS dentist, despite there being over 100,000 people in my constituency. Shockingly, there are only 7 dental surgeries available, and at least three of them are not accepting new adult patients.

While the idea of free dental treatment for all cancer patients is commendable, we must think bigger. Reforming the NHS is essential to ensure its sustainability and effectiveness. Let us draw inspiration from the last Labour Government, which achieved the shortest waiting times and highest patient satisfaction in history.

Paulette Hamilton, a former NHS nurse makes clear at the end of her speech that it’s high time we prioritise healthcare access and make the necessary changes to build a healthier future for all.

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