Laois Dental Scheme "Most Chronic" In State, Says Sinn Féin

The party claims preventative action isn't being taken.

The dental scheme situation in Laois is the "most chronic" in the State, according to Sinn Féin. 

Laois Offaly TD, Brian Stanley, claims there are no dentists in the county taking on new patients under the Dental Treatment Services Scheme.

He says the number of surgical extractions being carried out around the country shows preventative action is "not being taken". 

Deputy Stanley says that of 71 DTSS contracts in CHO 8, there are none in Laois and "very few" in Offaly:


Access to dental care in the midlands is a "top priority" for the government, according to the Junior Health Minister.

Minister of State at the Department of Health, Anne Rabbitte, says there will be a continued emphasis on addressing the accessibility issues:

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