Fears Medical Card Holders Are Missing Out On Dental Care

The government is being warned of a shortage of dentists.

It's feared a shortage of dentists is leading to medical card holders missing out on the treatment they need.

The Irish Dental Association says the sector is at crisis point, due to a drop in government spending on public dental care.

In the last three years, spending on the state's Treatment Services Scheme in Laois/Offaly fell by 39 per cent and 32 per cent in Longford/Westmeath.

The group's chief executive, Fintan Hourihan, says increasing numbers of dentists are dropping out of the scheme:

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