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Dental Services: Pregnancy

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 52426, tabled on 1 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to extend the dental coverage provided in medical exemption certificates for pregnant women who have been unable to receive dental treatment during covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

12 June 2020

No decisions have been made on whether to extend exemptions from dental charges for maternity or other grounds for exemption following the peak pandemic period.

Pregnant women and new mothers who have given birth within the last 12 months are exempt from dental charges. Urgent dental treatment continued to be provided through the peak pandemic period from over 550 urgent dental centres. Any urgent treatment a pregnant woman or new mother needed during this period therefore should have been available.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dental practices will be able to begin to see patients again from 8 June, with the aim of increasing levels of service, as fast as is compatible with maximizing safety. A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf